Individual Record 1531

Name}   Ballou, Russell Kenneth Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam  4 Dec 1896 Place} Ballou homestead, Sheridan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas
Marr.: Date} Fam  9 Aug 1922 Place} Sheridan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa  25 Jul  1991 Place} Delphos Rest Home, Delphos, Ottawa, Kansas
Burial: Date} Exa  29 Jul 1991 Place} Delphos Cemetery, Delphos, Ottawa, Kansas
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 394 = Letter
Source 2} 396 = Geog history
Source 3} 386 = 1900 U.S. cen
Source 4} 1178=1905 KS cen
Source 5} 1647=1910 U.S. cen
Source 6} 1178=1915 KS cen
Source 7} 845 = Military rec
Source 8} 1390=Yearbook
Source 9} 1178=1925 KS cen
Source 10}1657=Newspaper
Source 11}1183=1930 U.S. cen
Source 12}494 = Obituary
Source 13}1649=1940 U.S. cen
Source 14}1185=Obituary
Source 15}549 = S.S. record
Source 16}1614=Cemetery rec
Source 17}  
Parents: } Clarence Jefferson Ballou & Mary Louisa Mills
      Household No.} 661
1st Household No.} 661 = Sheridan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas
      Occupation 1} Farmer
       Occupation 2}  
  Religion/Church} Methodist
Spouses:   Prime} Smith, Ruth Naomi
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Russell Kenneth Ballou was born 4 Dec 1896 in Sheridan Twp., Ottawa, Kansas.  He was the seventh of ten children of Clarence J. Ballou and Mary L. Mills.  He used his middle name Kenneth.  In the 1900 U.S. census the family was living on the family farm in Sheridan Twp.  His father was a grain farmer.  His siblings were Clarence Albert, born and died in 1879, Florence Evacelia, born in 1881, Jessie Mary, 1883, Alice Clare, 1885, Hazel Hart, 1887, Miner Mahlon, 1890, and Donald David, 1898.
In the 1905 Kansas census, the family was complete with Louis Marvin, born in 1900, and Dorothy Rhoana, born in 1904.  By the 1910 U.S. census, some of his older siblings had had left home.  In the 1915 Kansas census, Jessie was a school teacher, Hazel a telephone employee, and Kenneth, Donald, Louis, and Dorothy were in school.  Kenneth graduated from Delphos High School in 1916.

When Kenneth registered for the World War I draft, his address was RFD#1, Delphos, Kansas.  He was employed by his father, C.J. Ballou, and was described as being of medium height and build, with gray eyes and light brown hair.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War I.  He attended the Kansas State Agricultural College in Manhattan, Kansas, for one year, and was on the Honor Roll in The Royal Purple Yearbook in 1919.

Kenneth married Ruth Naomi Smith on 9 Aug 1922 in her parents's home in Sheridan Twp., Ottawa.  In the 1925 Kansas State census, Kenneth and Ruth were living in Sheridan Twp.  They had a daughter, Mary Maxine, age 2.  Kenneth was a farmer, grain and stock.  He owned eighty acres of his parents farm and rented sixty acres.  The farm was located 1 miles north of Delphos, and they lived here their entire marriage.  By the 1930 U.S. census, they had had two more children, Dorothy Ruth and LaVerne Kenneth.  By the 1940 U.S. census, their last child, Alvin Eugene had arrived.

Kenneth was a member of the Delphos United Methodist Church, the Farm Bureau, the World War 1 Barracks, the American Legion, and was a 4-H booster.

Kenneth's wife Ruth died 10 Jan 1981.  Kenneth died 25 Jul 1991 at the Delphos Rest Home.  Funeral services were held Monday, 29 Jul 1991 at the United Methodist Church, Delphos, with Rev. Darrell Walters officiating.  A military service was conducted by the Clark-Conde American Legion Post of Delphos.  He is buried with his wife in the Delphos Cemetery, Delphos, Kansas.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} The American Legion
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photos} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} High school, 4 yrs or Top 2 Degrees} College, 1 yr
Military: Service} Army                           for the State of} United States
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 18 Aug 2014
Date Created}  23 Aug 1993
Copyright © 2014 by Karen L. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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