Eli Ballard was born in Erie county, New York, May 24th, 1837. At the age of twelve years he moved with his
parents to Otto, Catarangus county, and received a liberal education. In 1855 came to Minnesota and settled on
his present place. Three years later, he went for a short time to Waseca county, Minnesota. While there, February
20th, he was captured, through mistake, by the Winnebago Indians. They supposing him to be the man "Alcott;"
whom they were dispatched by the agent to capture, for the offense of selling liquor to the Indians. They started
with him for the agency about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and after going sixteen miles. stopped for "refreshments"
and for the night at a little Indian village, called "Little Thunder Town." Having stolen about twenty
gallons of whisky, they soon became quarrelsome, and before morning all were more or less drunken. One, however,
in the morning, separated himself from the company and conducted Mr. Ballard to the agency, where he was thrust
into an open log calaboose, being obliged to remain eight hours, at which time he was rescued by one of the neighborhood.
His hands and feet were frozen, and he was sleeping, which slumber would have been his last, had it not been for
his timely rescue. In August, 1862, enlisted in Company F, First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, until the fall of
1864; was in the Indian campaign, then went south, serving until honorably discharged in August, 1865, at Fort
Snelling. Returning home, he in 1872, went to Redwood county and took a homestead on which he lived two years,
then returned to his former home in Hampton. Married Miss Nettie McCune in 1861, who died three years later. Married
his present wife, Miss Julia Cain, in 1866. One daughter Fannie S. blessed this union.
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Dakota County, MN
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