Lee County Biography


C.A. Ballou, a successful merchant of Dixon, has been engaged in business for himself for more than eight years, but is a salesman of long experience, having been connected with the dry-goods establishment of George L. Sculer from 1863 until 1882. Upon coming to Illinois in the spring of 1860, he first located in Ottawa, where for a time he resided, but later removed to Dixon. He was born in New Haven, Addison County, Vt., and received his education in his native place, where he grew to manhood.

The father of our subject was Dr. E. C. Ballou, who was for years a physician in Addison County, Vt., and there died at the age of seventy-six years. He was a descendant of the famous minister, Rev. Hosea Ballou, and married a New Haven lady, Miss Anna Bird by name. She passed from earth a few years before the demise of her husband, at the age of seventy-one years. She was a member of the Methodist Church and a faithful and sincere Christian woman. The Doctor was a Republican in his political belief, and was a strong advocate of temperance, never using liquor in his prescriptions for medicine.

Miss Mary McWilliams, as Mrs. Ballou was known in maidenhood, is a native of Orange County, N. Y., and was there educated and reared to womanhood. She has been a faithful companion of her husband and his cheerful helpmate in all worthy enterprises to which they have lent their aid. They are active members of the Methodist Church, with which they united in youth, and Mr. Ballou is agent for the Dixon branch of the Lee County Bible Society. Socially, he is clerk for the Modern Woodmen of America, at Dixon, and is a member of the order of Masons, at Dixon, belonging to the Blue Lodge. Politically, he adheres to the principles of the Republican party. Two children survive, and two, Philip and William, are deceased. Frank A. is salesman for his father, and James is a student in the Dixon schools.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892

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