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James J. Ballentine VFW


The James J. Ballentine Veterans of Foreign Wars 
Post 246 was founded in October 1919, in the aftermath of World War I. 
It was established with 50 charter members in memory of James J. 
Ballentine, a popular local boy. Born in Minneapolis in 1893, Ballentine 
attended South High School, where he served as Senior Class President 
of 1912 and captain of the track team. He continued his sports prowess 
in college, where he played on the University of Minnesota's 1916 
championship football team. Ballentine entered the armed services in 
May 1917, and was fatally wounded in the final month of World War I. 
The Ballentine VFW Post met in several locations around Lyndal 
and Lake until enough funds were raised to construct a building at this 
location in 1954.

Submitted by @gkatz

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