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July 2006

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The Huxley Historical Society recently assumed the project of cleaning up and helping preserve the Ballard Grove Cemetery. The cemetery is located .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 growth 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 cemetery's enclosure and the pathway to it. SAPIC member Loren Larson of Ames and a Ballard descendant said about the project, "For the family, I want to thank all of you for the work already done."



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