Collection American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940

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  • Page 1 of [A. J. Ballard]

    Interview Georgia B. Redfield Roswell, N. M. Corrected-copy SEP 26 1938 1st 9/9/38 Words 750 Subject: (Pioneer Story) Source of Information: Mrs. Bertha (Ballard) Manning, Roswell, N. M. A. J. Ballard Buffalo Hunter on Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) Roswell Builder, Agriculturist, and Father of First Anglo-American Boy Baby Born In Roswell Vicinity. ————- A. J. Ballard, born in Tennessee, his wife, Katherine (Redding) Ballard, ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 2 of [A. J. Ballard]

    2 Mr. Ballard after coming to Roswell established and improved what is now known as the Arthur Stevens farm three miles east of Roswell on East Second Street, where Robert L. Ballard, the first Anglo-American boy baby of the Roswell vicinity, was born. Mrs. Ella Lea Dow, daughter of Captain Joseph C. Lea, was the first Anglo baby girl, born in Roswell. Richard Ballard ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 3 of [A. J. Ballard]

    3 lower Pecos Valley. All during the journey to New Mexico the Ballard family expected Indian attacks daily especially around the watering places in which they made camp each night, but they were never molested by Indians. The buffalo that had roamed the plains in herds of thousands when Mr. Ballard had hunted them in previous years were fast disappearing, but hundreds were seen ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 4 of [A. J. Ballard]

    4 Mr. Ballard lived to see the town he assisted very materially in building, developed into a modern city of 10,000 population, before his death which occurred at Roswell in 1914. Mrs. Ballard, his wife, died in 1926.

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 5 of [A. J. Ballard]

    Billy the Kid Redfield, Georgia B. SEP 12 1938 1st Words 750 9/9/38 SEP 26 1938 A. J. Ballard Buffalo Hunter on Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) Roswell Builder, Agriculturist, and Father of First Anglo-American Boy Baby Born in Roswell Vicinity. ——————- A. J. Ballard, born in Tennessee, his wife, Katherine (Redding) Ballard, born in Texas and their six older children came to New Mexico ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 6 of [A. J. Ballard]

    2 Mr. Ballard after coming to Roswell established and improved what is now known as the Arthur Stevens farm three miles east of Roswell on East Second Street, where Robert L. Ballard, the first Anglo-American boy baby of the Roswell vicinity, was born. Mrs. Ella Lea Dow, daughter of Captain Joseph C. Lea, was the first Anglo baby girl, born in Roswell. Richard Ballard ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 7 of [A. J. Ballard]

    3 In 1875 and 1876 Mr. Ballard hunted buffalo on the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains) hunting as far west as the Pecos River. He like the country in which Roswell was built later and planned to return some day with his family and establish a home in the lower Pecos Valley. Although there were many hardships encountered by the Ballard family during the long ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09
  • Page 8 of [A. J. Ballard]

    4 Members of Mr. Ballard's large family (of which there are children, grandchildren and great grandchildren living in Roswell at the present time) have been identified with the upbuilding and improving of the Pecos Valley for the many years (over half a century) of their long residence in the Valley, and have ever been leaders in church and club organizations and in the social ...

    • Contributor: Redfield, Georgia B. - Manning, Mrs. Bertha (Ballard)
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
    • Date: 1938-09-09