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John C. Balluff, son of Bernhart and Margaret (Fisher) Ballhuff, was born in Germany, Feb. 26, 1829, and came to America, May, 1854, his first landing being in Baltimore, where he worked for a few months as a stone-cutter. From Baltimore he went to St. Louis, and from there to Washington, Mo., where he spent his first winter in America. Returning to St. Louis in the spring of 1855, he took a boat for Davenport, where he located and worked as a painter and stone-cutter. His first work here was on the German Catholic church and the buildings of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot. He worked at these trades here for about 18 years. In 1857 he organized the first band in the place, and continued to play with it till 1875. He then engaged in the grocery trade on the North Davenport road, which business he yet continues. In 1858 he married Matilda Hesse, daughter of Andrew and Anna B. Hess, who was born April 9, 1841, and who came with her parents to America in 1854. Ten children were born unto them - August A., Mary A., John B., Ignatius E., Albert A., Lucy M., Clara A., Frank G., Andrew E., Joseph B. Mr. Ballhuff is a Democrat.