Frank L. Ball

FRANK L. BALL, M. D.* One of the successful practicing physicians of Cherokee County is Dr. Frank Ball, of Hallowell. Dr. Ball first entered upon a career in the mechanical trades, having learned the milling business with an uncle. After a period at that trade and as a salesman of milling products, he matriculated at the University Medical College at Kansas City, taking the degree of M. D. in 1900. Dr. Ball is a Missourian by birth, born in Johnson County, January 20, 1868. He began practicing in Cherokee County on the 22nd of April, 1900.

Dr. Ball is a son of Guy T. Ball, who was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, on the 11th of April, 1839. The father of our subject removed to Fayette County, Ohio, when he was 17 years old, and lived there until the war broke out, when he enlisted in Company C, 20th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf. He served three years under John A. Logan and U. S. Grant, in the Army of the West, throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri, taking part in the bloody battle of Shiloh and the siege of Vicksburg. After the war, in 1867, Mr. Ball settled in Johnson County, Missouri, lived at that point for nearly 30 years, and then he removed to Hallowell. Mr. Ball now resides with his son and is engaged in the grain and flour business. He is a Republican, and affiliates with the G. A. R., the Masons and the Knights of Pythias, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject's mother was Anna E. Larrimer, a native of Fayette County, Ohio, where she was born on the 18th day of July, 1841. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Ball consisted of seven children: Frank L.; Mary A., who died when about 22 years old; Mrs. Livia Kiddoo, of Labette County; Ora H., a physician of Dennis, Labette County; Earl, a druggist of Parsons, Kansas; Guy, a law student; and Mrs. Maude Kiddoo, of Coffeyville, Kansas.

The name of the grandfather of our subject was Guy Ball, and he was a native of Pennsylvania. He was a blacksmith by trade, and spent his life in Pennsylvania and Ohio dying when he was about 60 years old.

Dr. Frank L. Ball is a single man of most genial and frank personality, and in a social way he affiliates with the I. O. O. F., A. O. U. W., Woodmen, and Home Builders' Union. In politics he votes with the Republican party, and his religious views are those of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he is a member.


History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens, ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904, transcribed by Carolyn Ward, instructor from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 6-27-97


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