West Chicago, Illinois
September 24, 1898
I will write a few lines to you. also to May. How do you feel now. do you have those awful paines in you sides. How is your cough is it as bad as before. Is it as bad to take this medicine as the other was?
Is there very many parks out and are you now near one. It is pretty nice out here. Aunt Cora's throat is a little better and Dr. has given her some medicine which is very nice. We have got lots of company-
now in our house. The company is Don and his mother Annie, and we think Rob and his wife will be up to. Annie is very sick and I have to go to the drug store every little while. I think this is all.
I will write a few lines to you. I am getting along alright. Is it warm enough out there to go barefoot. If it is I will go barefoot nearly all of the time.
When Aunt Cora was out I was in the front room with my big double bladed knive ready to spear them if they made a move at me.
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William Edward Ball
ca 1938 Salem Statesman or Capitol Journal
I would love to know what prompted this promotion of Van-Tage by my great grandfather. Giving out this kind of information these days, especially very public would definitely be considered as TMI (too much information). Maybe because medical care wasn't on the level as it is now and people were trying any kind of remedy to relieve their annoying symptoms. I wonder if he really becamed "cured" or was helping out his local neighborhood pharmacy. I tried to research out this product, but was unable to locate any information on it. I stumbled onto this newspaper clipping in my mother's things and was quite amused by the exaggerating hawking of this not so glamourous product!
William Edward Ball was born in 1885 in Manton, Wexford County, Michigan. He eventually worked his way with his father and sister to Ellis County, Oklahoma to secure homesteads. He married Nora Ellen Baley there and sold their homestead where they headed with my grandmother, Zelma to Salem, Oregon in 1913. He became a wall painter hanger and painting contractor until death took him away in 1943, just 5 years after this ad came out to a heart attack.
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Martha Ann (Alexander)Freeman, Emery Edwin Freeman and my grandfather, James Albert Claude Freeman at their ranch in Fallon, Nevada probably taken about 1915?
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North Plains, Washington County, Oregon
Willis Richard May was born June 4, 1867 in Story County, Iowa to parents James Monroe May and Susannah Arminta Ballard. He died October 31, 1954 in Banks, Washington County, Oregon.
Sarah Ellen Hutchison who was born March 22, 1871 in Boone County, Iowa to parents Daniel Hutchison, Jr. and Margaret McMillan Gilliland.
They married on April 11, 1889 in Washington County, Oregon and were the parents of 11 children with 10 of them surviving to adulthood.
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The earliest record I have is a deed where he purchased 40 acres of land from Abram J. Shaver and wife Polly in Van Buren County, Michigan during the month of September, 1839. The 1840 census does not list him. Possibly he was living with another family? Maybe he was out of the area at the time.
In December of 1844 Judson marries Caroline Webber, daughter of John H. Webber and Levina Kimball in Van Buren and subsequently children are born to them: Amelia, Sarah, Ellis Judson, Victoria and Emma Frances. Amelia and Victoria marry German brothers; William and Augusta Kemeno and both families produced several children between them. Sarah and Emma were married but did not give birth. Ellis Judson who is my great, great grandfather, with his wife Evora had two children that survived to adulthood. Their story will be a future post as it is a tragic one.
Judson is listed both in the 1850 and 1860 censuses and during these years also bought and sold land in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties frequently and made profits.
By the time 1867 comes around, Judson takes sick with "congestion and chills" and dies, this event is recorded in the Kalamazoo County death register with no real clue to who he really is.
I have been to Salt Lake City and dug into the records, especially the deeds trying to find anyone that could be a family member with no real clue to of a relationship. One idea I had: Ellis says over and over that he was born in Kankakee County, Illinois so I even took my research over there to try find out why Judson and Caroline would be over there in 1855. Also all the BALL families have been looked at and ruled out for now. One challenge is that he lived a short life, he was alone and young when he ventured out, he died and no tombstone can be found and he left no probate record.
I have exhausted any thoughts and avenues that I could possibly come up with! I even checked the county in Ohio that Caroline Webber and her family came from.
There has to be a family living at that time that is missing a sibling! Who is his family and where did he come from? One thing I know for sure, I will need to make a field trip and go to this area of Michigan and dig.
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