Henry Ballard : the story of courageous pioneer, 1832-1908
Crookston, Douglas O.
Douglas O. Crookston
January 10, 1852 to November 24, 1904. Born in England in 1832, Ballard coverts to Mormonism in 1849 and travels to New Orleans on the Kennebec in 1852. He is nearly killed when the old steamship on which he is traveling, The Pride of the West, explodes on the Mississippi. He goes to Council Bluffs and then arrives in Utah on October 15, 1852. Ballard actively participates in the Utah War of 1857-1858 and describes conditions at that time. He moves to Cache Valley in 1859. He settles in Logan and describes Indian troubles, wagon troubles, and weather troubles. He marries and has children. He becomes bishop of the Logan Second Ward. He describes apostates. He participates in down-and-back wagon teams sent east by the Church to sell and buy supplies and bring Mormon immigrants into Utah. Ballard takes a second wife. He participates in the School of the Prophets. He describes grasshopper trials, the Cooperative movement, and the death of two of his children. Ballard works on the Utah Northern Railroad. He joins the United Order of Enoch in 1874. In 1885, Ballard goes underground to escape being arrested for polygamy. He particpates in the building of the Logan Temple. He serves a mission to England from 1886 to 1889. He is arrested upon his return to Utah and serves a two-month sentence in the Utah Penitentiary. He attends the capstone ceremony for the Salt Lake Temple in 1892 and participates in Statehood celebrations in 1896. His son, Melvin J., departs for the Southern States Mission. Ballard confronts former Apostle, Moses Thatcher. In 1899, he attends meetings in Salt Lake City in which Lorenzo Snow preaches the Law of Tithing. In 1900, he is released from the bishopric and ordained a patriarch. Ballard dies in 1908.