Posted by: Beth | October 26, 2017

MRIN-19H Sherman Ball

Sherman Ball was born in November 1871 on the family farm in Brown Township just outside of Foosland, Champaign County, Illinois. He was the eighth child born to Robert Gore Ball and Susan Jane Brock.

He married Martha Pfoff on November 28, 1894 in Champaign County, Illinois. Shortly after their marriage, Sherman and Martha moved to Colorado, residing in Otero County where they are found in Holbrook, Cheraw, and then in Rocky Ford where they made their permanent residence.

Sherman was a farmer and is found working as an assistant cashier in a bank and then later as a laborer in a canning factory before he retired.

Martha Pfoff was born and raised near Gibson City, Illinois. She was the daughter of German immigrants Henry Pfoff (1830-1905) and Martha Reinsland (1833-1916). Martha died at age 63 following a stroke of paralysis. Her funeral was held in Rocky Ford and burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford, Otero County, Colorado

Sherman and Martha’s children were; *Henry Gore Ball, Glenn Russell Ball (1898*1973), Lois Hazel Ball (1900-1966), Howard Wayne Ball (1909-1977), and possibly **William Ball

Sherman married Margaret who is in the 1940 census with him. According to the census, she was born about 1872 in Alabama and lived in the same house in 1935, as did Sherman. My research is leading me to believe that she may have been a relative of Sherman’s 1st wife, Martha, but I don’t have enough data yet to make a conclusion based on facts.

Sherman died in 1944 in Colorado. He is buried next to Martha in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford, Otero County, Colorado.

* Henry Gore Ball was born on October 19, 1895 in Rocky Ford. He and his brother, Glen, both enlisted in the military on May 5, 1917 Both men were honorably discharged in August 1919. Glen on the 11th and Henry on the 26th. Glen served in the Army and Henry served in the Coastal Artillery Corps. After his service Henry returned to Rocky Ford. He is found in the 1940 census, taken on April 12th, as a patient in the Fitzsimons General Hospital. According to the census he was single and unable to work. He had not worked the year prior. He died three days shy of his 45th birthday on October 13, 1940. He is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford.

** William Ball was born about 1906 in Colorado. He is not in the household of Sherman and Martha in either the 1910 or 1920 census records. He does appear in the 1930 census in their household, listed as their son. He was 24 years old, single, and was listed as a laborer in the “truck driver” industry. I haven’t found anything about him before or after that census as of yet. He was not listed as a surviving child in Martha’s obituary. It did not name those who preceded her in death though. I haven’t been able to find Sherman’s obituary online, it will most likely require someone to physically obtain it, assuming that one was written for him.


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