Born: February 18, 1896, Brooklyn, Iowa.
Son of a Methodist father and Quaker mother, Ball was an Assemblies of God minister for over seven decades. He lost his father at age eight, and as a child suffered from spinal meningitis, arthritis, and lung problems. When a doctor advised them to seek a drier climate, his mother moved the family to Amistad, New Mexico, in 1907. They stayed there a year before an unsuccessful attempt to move to an American settlement in southern Mexico. Flooding stopped their covered wagon before they could reach Mexico, so they bought 10 acres of land in Ricardo, Texas, and founded their homestead. B… Go to person page >