Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


Gilbert A. Ball –

As principal of Morristown High School, Mr. Bell is widely known in educational circles in St. Lawrence County.  He was born at Theresa, N.Y., June 3, 1901, the son of Thomas E. and Clara E. (Parker) Ball.


Thomas E. Ball is a leading citizen of Jefferson County, and a complete sketch of him may be found elsewhere in this history.


After his graduation from Theresa High School in 1919, Gilbert A. Ball taught school for three years in the Hyde Lake District, at Plessis, and in the Piper District, all in Jefferson County.  In 1922 he entered St. Lawrence University, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in 1926.  In that year he was appointed assistant principal and science teacher at Canton High School, and he remained there until September, 1928, at which time he came to Morristown.  He is identified with the Franklin and St. Lawrence Teachers Association, New York State Teachers Association, New York State Principals Association, New York State Science Teachers Association, and Chairman of the Science Section of the Northern Zone.


In 1927 Mr. Ball married Miss Mary Jane Keller, the daughter of Fred and Imogene Keller, who are residents of Bangor, N.Y.  Mr. and Mrs. Ball have two daughters, Zoe Ann and Florence Elizabeth.


Mr. Ball is a Republican, and belongs to St. Lawrence Lodge F. and A. M. No. 111.



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