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 Ida <I>Carlson</I> Ballard

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Ida Carlson Ballard

  • Birth 29 Jun 1888 Chautauqua County, New York, USA
  • Death Jul 1968 Chautauqua County, New York, USA
  • Burial Niobe, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 11146265

Ida’s Daddy, Andrew Fredrick Carlson, had immigrated from Sweden to the U.S. in 1865 at the approximate age of 16. The New York State Census of June 1875 shows his residence in Gerry, Chautauqua County, New York with his wife Emma Louisa Cornell who was born in New York and their daughter of nine months, Jennie, who was born in Pennsylvania.

The 1880 U.S. Federal Census makes no mention of daughter, Jennie, but shows a son, Oscar, nine months old living with his parents in Brokenstraw, Chautauqua County, New York. Orlando Cornell, 20, and Curtis Cornell, 18, brothers of Emma Louisa Cornell Carlson, also live with the family. Andrew works at "making bask" according to the printed report, which I take to mean, weaving baskets.

In 1900, the family lives in Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, and includes Andrew, age 50; Emma, age 48; Oscar, 20, Carl, 17, Earl, 15, Ida, 11 and Edgar 9.

By 1905, Andrew and Emma have only Edgar, age 13, living with them in Harmony. Where was Ida?

The 1910 U. S. Federal Census shows Andrew F, age 60, Emma, 58, and Idda Carlson, 21, and Eddgar Carlson 19. This census also shows a Charles J. and Jennie D. in the neighborhood with a son, Albert J. Ballard, 21.

The 1915 New York State Census shows Ida L. as wife of Albert J. Ballard; she is a school teacher, she has completed one year of college, and she is 26 years old. Her husband is a farmer and her father-in-law lives with them and also farms. Ida’s Daddy Andrew is 65 and continues to live in Harmony now with only his son Edgar, age 23.

In 1920, Ida’s brother Edgar Edward Carlson lived with the couple while he worked as a cook for the railroad. By 1940, Ida is 51 and still teaching; she continues to live in Harmony, New York with her husband Albert J. Ballard. The couple now has Ida’s nephews, brother Edgar’s sons, Kenneth Walter Carlson and Marvin Albert Carlson, ages 14 and 12, living with them. The boys had arrived at their Aunt’s farm in the dead of winter just after Christmas of 1934 as their mother, Lillie Victoria Lofgren Carlson, had died just before Christmas 1934 of bronchial pneumonia.

Ida’s nephew Kenneth describes his Aunt Ida as a “wondrous good Christian woman” who was out peddling her flowers and vegetables when she had a heart attack and was taken to the Women’s Christian Association Hospital in Jamestown where she died.

Before agreeing to go to the hospital, she first had them take her by her house so she could water her flowers and vegetables.

She had taught school until she was 72 when the school board felt she should retire; they called her back just before her 80th birthday to replace two teachers who had walked away from their posts in Panama City. Her thin frame belied both her determination of spirit and her love of the maple sugar candy she made from the syrup she gathered.

The 1915 New York Census shows an “L” for Ida’s middle initial; my guess would be Louisa for her mother, but she was always known as Ida Carlson Ballard or Ida C. Ballard as is shown on her monument.

Ida’s residence was 14758 Niobe, Chautauqua, New York at the time of her death in July 1968.


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  • Maintained by: D.A.R.Lady49
  • Originally Created by: Kathy Sloan
  • Added: 11 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11146265
  • D.A.R.Lady49
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ida Carlson Ballard (29 Jun 1888–Jul 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11146265, citing Grant Cemetery, Niobe, Chautauqua County, New York, USA ; Maintained by D.A.R.Lady49 (contributor 46857474) .