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Dexter "Dick" Ballou
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Birth: 1854
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1905
Rockford
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA

Rockford Republic (Rockford, IL), pg. 5, Tuesday, October 31, 1905

BALLOU DIED OF FRACTURE

Dexter Ballou, the well-known blacksmith who died at the county jail Sunday morning after he had been taken into custody because his mental condition did not die of heart failure as was at first thought, a post-mortem this noon by Dr. Emil Lofgren and Dr. R. C. Bourland revealing that death was caused by the fracture of a bone at the base of the skull.

The nature of this fracture was such that the superficial examination which Dr. Lofgren was compelled to make when he attended Ballou at the county jail could not be determined. There is now no doubt that Ballou's death was because of this fracture and his comatose condition at the jail is explained.

Ballou startled residents of the West End by racing bare footed over the vacant lots in the neighborhood until he was taken into custody by the police. How he suffered the fracture is not known and whether he had the fracture when he left his home is equally mysterious.

The funeral was held from the home this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment was in the Cedar Bluff Cemetery.
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Morning Star (Rockford, IL), pg. 8, Wednesday, November 1, 1905

. . . More than a week ago Ballou visited a saloon in West State street and as far as can be learned was then intoxicated. The bartender of the resort escorted him to the backdoor leading into the alley. Staggering from the door Ballou reeled across the alley and fell backward in a heap against a brick building. His head struck with considerable force and a gash was inflicted in the scalp.

The patrol wagon was summoned and Ballou taken to the county jail, and a surgeon summoned. Later he was taken to Rockford hospital for treatment. His abuse of the nurses was intolerable and he was taken back to the county jail.

What puzzles the surgeons who held the autopsy is how Ballou could live for a week with a fractured skull.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Ballou (1804 - 1891)
  Elizabeth Taft Ballou (1820 - 1906)
 
 Siblings:
  Almeda Ballou Searle (1838 - 1909)*
  Christopher D. Ballou (1840 - 1905)*
  Adeline Adelia Ballou Harrop (1843 - 1915)*
  Augustus D. Ballou (1845 - 1897)*
  Dexter Ballou (1854 - 1905)
  John Fremont Ballou (1857 - 1939)*
  Emma Ballou Miller Landon (1860 - 1936)*
  Lucy Taft Ballou Harnden (1863 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
51 yrs
 
Burial:
Cedar Bluff Cemetery
Rockford
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Plot: 11 032 04
 
Created by: Mookie
Record added: Jan 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103496279
Dexter Dick Ballou
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- Mookie
 Added: Jun. 28, 2013
 
 
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