Calumet County, Wisconsin Genealogy & History

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Alvah Ballou
Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, published
by the Lewis Publishing Co., 1891 Page 186 - 187

Alvah Ballou, one of the pioneers of Clark County, Wisconsin was born February 13, 1834, in the old Bay State, the son of Martin and Prudy Ballou. He received his education in Massachusetts and remained with his parents until he was twenty-one years old. He came West in 1855, and for a time made his home in Harrison, Calumet County, Wisconsin. Clark County has been his home since 1876. While in Calumet County Mr. Ballou was married to Amanda Foster, and of their four children three are living.

When the war broke out the subject of our sketch enters the service, enlisting in 1861, in Company C, Tenth Wisconsin Infantry. Shortly after his arrival in the South he was taken sick and spent three months in the hospital. On account of disability he was discharged the following year. During his brief service he was instrumental in capturing a spy who was afterward executed.

Mr. Ballou owns a good farm on section 11, Levis Township, four miles from Neillsville, that he has cleared up from a wilderness. He has been a hard working man all his life. He is a stanch Republican and a most worthy citizen.

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