Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Charles L. Ballard]
In 1880 Mr.Ballard moved to Boswell where he worked as a cowboy for Captain Joseph C. Lea. Later he launched into stock raising for himself, continuing in ranching and the cattle business for twenty years or more.
In 1881 his father moved the rest of the family from Lincoln to Boswell and Charlie Ballard assisted them in opening up a farm home, three miles out east, on East Second Street. While attending the first school, in or near Boswell, taught by Asbury C. Rogers, Charlie Ballard drove eight head of oxen to a plow, or scraper, on work of the pioneer irrigation ditch, known to the early settlers as the “Ballard Cunningham Ditch”.
In 1893, while serving as sheriff, he made a record for himself for bravery by capturing the Cook brothers who were members of the Dalton gang of murderers and desperadoes operating in the Pecos Valley.
In 1898, Governor Otero, Territorial Governor of New Mexico wired Charlie Ballard asking if he would accept a commission in the regiment to be mobilized at San Antonio, Texas to serve in the Spanish American War. On accepting Mr. Ballard was made Second Lieutenant of the Second Squadron of the famous Rough Riders with Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt in command, under Colonel Leonard Wood, commander.