"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Ball, William H. an active young business man of Tomahawk, engaged in the electrical business in partnership with George LAMBERT, was born at Proctor, Penn., Dec. 28, 1890, son of James and Hettie BALL. The parents were natives of New York State who came to Tomahawk in 1904, where James BALL, organized a company and built a stave mill, which he operated for three years. He later became a manufacturer of cigars but finally sold his busienss and is now living retired. When he first came west he was associated with the United States Leather Co., and was superintendent of their tanneries at Prentice, Rib Lake, Medford, Phillips, and Mellen, Wis. He and his wife Hettie were the parents of seven children, of whom those now living are Emerson, Evelyn, Nellie and William H., Nellie being the wife of E. M. WAKEFIELD of Chicago. Those who died were James, Lester and Howard. William H. BALL attended school in Pennsylvania, also at Phillips, Wis., where the family spent three years, and in Tomahawk, being graduated from the high school here in 1909. He then became an employee of the electric company, at that time operated by the Bradley Co., and was thus occupied for some years. Afterwards he worked a short time for A. M. PRIDE, and then in the fall of 1918 he formed his present partnership with George LAMBERT. They do all kinds of electric work, keep a good line of electric supplies and sell the Delco lighting plants. Mr. BALL is also manager for the Tomahawk Baseball Association, and, like his partner, Mr. LAMBERT, is a member of the Commercial Club, being always ready to promote the interests of his adopted city. He was married in Tomahawk in 1914 to Angie SMITH, daughter of James W. and Hulda SMITH, her father being a well known citizen of Tomahawk engaged int he logging business, who is now living; her mother has passed away. Mr. and Mrs. BALL are the parents of a son, William Robert.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 574-575; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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