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June 29, 2006

The Huxley Historical Society recently assumed the project of cleaning up and helping preserve the Ballard Grove Cemetery. The cemetery is located 0.7 miles east of the Huxley City Maintenance Building on Oak Boulevard and is the burial site of the first two European-American settlers in Story County. Simon Ballard who died around 1850 and Adam Ballard who died June 25, 1860. The Ballard Grove Cemetery had fallen into a state of disrepair with overgrowth and trees since the Ballard descendants had erected a memorial headstone at the site in 2003.

The project's brainchild and Vice President of HHS, Don Duncan with the help of Ron Krull, Mike Orgler and Craig Henry mowed, cleared downed limbs and brush, both in the cemeteries enclosure and the pathway to it.

Loren Larson of Ames and a descendant of the Ballard's said of the project, "For the family, I want to thank all of you for the work already done."

The society invites Tri-County Times readers to contact them with any information that they may have relative to the cemetery and its history. A membership in the HHS is $20 and can be obtained by contacting the Huxley Historical Societies President at 515-597-2201. More information about the cemetery and its care can be found at the Historical Societies Web site www.huxcomm.net/web/huxleyhistory.

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