David Fiedler is a writer whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Syndicate. He is also the author of The Enemy Among Us: POWs in Missouri during WWII. He has written this book on behalf of the City of Ballwin and the Ballwin Historical Commission.
Ballwinby David Fiedler
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At the tender age of 21, a settler named John Ball bought 400 acres on Grand Glaize Creek in 1800 and began sowing crops and tending livestock. He had moved with his parents to Missouri as part of a migration of Kentucky settlers led by Daniel Boone and wanted to establish himself as his own man. That purchase and Ball's later platting of 17 city blocks along Manchester Road, the designated route to the state capitol, were the first steps in creating the town we know today as Ballwin. Using archival
photographs from the Ballwin Historical Commission and other sources, Ballwin traces the history of the area from the first settlers through to the present, focusing on the period
since the city was incorporated.
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