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Ballenger, Jon W.
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 728-729


Jon W. Ballenger operates one of the best farms in Spring Creek township. He was born October 3, 1843, in Kenton county, Kentucky, and is a son of Benjamin and Mary (Lipscomb) Ballenger. The parents were natives of Kenton county, Kentucky, and the father engaged in the butchering business for a short time in Covington, that state, after which he removed to Pike county, Illinois, settling in Pittsfield, where he conducted a meat market throughout almost the remainder of his active business career. However, about two years prior to his death he retired from butchering and engaged in farming. His death was occasioned by accident, his team running off while he was stacking wheat. He was born September 10, 1819, and was killed when sixty-two years of age. His wife died in Kentucky in 1849.

Jon W. Ballenger was educated in the public schools of Pittsfield, Illinois, and entered business life as an employe in his father's butcher shop, in which he continued until the business was closed out. He afterward turned his attention to farming, and later he engaged in general agricultural pursuits and in butchering. However, in 1885 he retired altogether from the latter trade, and has since given his undivided attention to general agricultural pursuits. He now operates one of the best farms in Spring Creek township, and has made excellent improvements upon it since he rented it. He has about forty-five head of cattle and fifty head of hogs; and in addition to raising stock he makes a specialty of the production of corn.

Mr. Ballenger has been married twice. He first wedded Miss Deborah Dow, a daughter of William and Sallie Dow, and unto them were born two children, a son and a daughter, William and Sallie Ballenger. The latter is the wife of Reuben O'Donnell, and they reside in Shelbina, Missouri. William Ballenger married Florence Judd, and they make their home in Staunton, Illinois. The wife and mother died in Wilson county, Kansas, in 1871. He afterward married again, his second union being with Virginia Chappell, who was born May 11, 1853, and is a daughter of Hiram and Polly Chappell. Of this union there were born the following children: Annie, born September 8, 1874; Laura, September 28, 1876; Hiram E., December 18, 1879; James C., January 28, 1881; Charlie F., who was born November 21, 1883, and died when a year old; Nellie, born November 22, 1885; Alva, February 5, 1889; Virgil C., October 31, 1898; and Walter F., January 26, 1894.

In his political views Mr. Ballenger is a democrat, and has always affiliated with that party. He has not time nor inclination for office, however, but devotes his entire attention to his farming interests, which are capably conducted. He is operating one of the best farms in Spring Creek township, and his labors are bringing him a good financial return.

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