H. M. BALL
Although one of the younger representatives of the Yolo County bar, H. M. Ball has become well known in the field of professional service and his record as city attorney of Winters is one which redounds to his credit. He was born in Woodland, on the 17th of November, 1894, and is a son of G. T. and Rose (Tyler) Ball, the former a native of Woodland and the latter of Detroit, Michigan. The grandfather, J. C. Ball, was a pioneer lawyer of Woodland and the first district attorney of Yolo County. He was loyal to every trust reposed in him and ably upheld the high standards of his profession.
After attending the grammar and high schools of Woodland, H. M. Ball took up the study of law in the office of C. W. Thomas, a local attorney, and having mastered the principles of jurisprudence, was admitted to the bar in 1917. Soon afterward he enlisted for service in the World war, becoming a member of the One Hundred and Forty-fourth Field Artillery, attached to the Fortieth Division, known as “The Grizzlies.” He was assigned to duty with a headquarters company and after a course of intensive training at Camp Kearney, near San Diego, California, went overseas in August, 1918, but was not called upon for active military service. When the war was over he returned to California and entered upon the work of his profession. In 1923 he located in Winters, where he has since engaged in general practice, manifesting keen sagacity in coping with the intricacies of the law, and is accorded a liberal clientele. His duties as city attorney are discharged with thoroughness, efficiency and fidelity, and during his incumbency of the office he has rendered to the community public service of importance and value. In addition to his legal work he is identified with financial affairs as a member of the advisory board of the Winters branch of the Bank of Italy.
Mr. Ball was united in marriage to Miss Johanna Graf, who was born in Winters, and both are prominent in social circles here. In civic movements Mr. Ball has long been deeply and helpfully interested and previous to his selection for the position of city attorney of Winters had gained experience in public affairs while serving as justice of the peace of Woodland Township, to which office he was called in 1915, when but twenty-one years of age. He is a past commander of Winters Post, No. 142, of the American Legion, a past president of the Exchange Club of Winters, and also belongs to the Foresters of America and the Winters Golf Club. These interests, however, are made subservient to his legal activities, for which his best efforts are reserved, and his ability and close application insure his continued progress in his chosen profession.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.