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 William Whitmore “Willie” Ballard

William Whitmore “Willie” Ballard

Birth
Oconee, Shelby County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Oct 1931 (aged 79)
White Owl, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
Burial White Owl, Meade County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 8737077 · View Source
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William W. Ballard Family
My mother, Lula (Ballard) Ginter, was born in Washta, IA on November 5, 1893 to William and Caroline (Taylor) Ballard. Both of her parents had been teachers in Iowa and Nebraska for many years before homesteading near Marcus about 1907. Caroline was born in Iowa in 1855 and attended Grimmell College. William was born in 1852 in Ohio. They were married in March 1879 at Toledo, Tama county, IA. At the time of their arrival in South Dakota, both were in their fifties, so they discontinued teaching for small farming and stock raising. However, he was instrumental in helping organize some of the rural schools in that area.
Lula and her twin sister Lola, who married Thomas Simmons of Marcus, were the youngest of six children.
The three eldest daughters, Lydia, Maude, and Elsie already had some teacher training at Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, IA and some teaching experience before coming to SD, so they resumed teaching almost immediately (after filing on individual homesteads) in Meade County rural schools and surrounding areas. They never married, so they continued teaching for the remainder of most of their lives.
Their brother, Owen Ballard, remained in Iowa, married, and raised a son, Lloyd and daughter, Pearl. Lloyd and wife lived in Cherokee, Iowa and Pearl in Kingsley, Iowa.
Lola married Thomas Simmons, formerly of Marcus, and raised two sons, Donald and George. Both are married and live in Rapid City with their families. Donald has three daughters and two sons. George has four daughters and two sons.


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  • Maintained by: Lloyd Taylor
  • Originally Created by: pacifica
  • Added: 10 May 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8737077
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Whitmore “Willie” Ballard (8 Apr 1852–6 Oct 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8737077, citing White Owl Cemetery, White Owl, Meade County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Lloyd Taylor (contributor 47455528) .