Amos Willis Ball, M. D.

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Illustrated 1908,  Volume II, Schuyler County, by Newton Bateman, LL.D. and Paul Selby, A.M.,  Edited by Howard F. Dyson, page 772-773, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Ball, Amos Willis, M. D. - the qualities which contribute to the rounding of every successful carrerr - energy, industry, perseverance and a high aim in life - find conspicuous expression in Dr. Amos Willis Ball, of whose splendid skill and usefulness the city of Rushville has been a witness since 1887.  Dr. Ball represents that class of scientists who have an ever widening horizon, and who recognize no limit to the possibilities of their inexhaustible calling.  His opportunities, largely of his own creating, have been exceptional, and comparatively few men in the county, and indeed in the State, are better equipped for exercising the preprogatives of the art of healing.
  Dr. Ball comes honestly by his predilection for medicine, as his father, Joseph T. Ball, who was a native of Morgan County, Ohio, was a practicing physican for many years both in his home State and at Ipava, Fulton County, Ill., where the son was born August 21, 1861.  The lad proved an apt and ambitious student, completing his high-school course in Ipava in 1877 at the age of sixteen years, and in connection with his preliminaries studies, absorbing much of medical lore from the books in his father's office.  In 1883 he entered upon the three years' course at the Missouri Medical College, St. Louis, and after his graduation in the class of 1886, spent a year as his father's associate in Ipava.  During the fall of 1887 he came to Rushville, and the people of that place were not slow to recognize the promise and ability of the young practitioner who sought a foothold in the midst of their increasing population and activities.  Twenty years of practical experience, of unremitting research, and fizity of purpose have improved a hundred-fold the resources of this successful physician, and he has left no stone unturned to keep abreast of the progress in his line of work, and at whatever cost, to become familiar with the latest developments of medical science.
  From time to time Dr. Ball has pursued post-graduate courses at the foremost centers of professional activity in this county and Europe, attending courses at the St. Louis Post-Graduate School and Hospital, studying also in New York; in London, England; in edinburg, Scotland; and in Belfast, Ireland, and during 1897 availing himself of the unrivaled opportunities afforded at Heidelberg, Germany.  He has attended clinics of the most famous physicians and surgeons in all of these places, and it would seem that little remains to tempt his craving for enlightenment.  The Doctor's office is equipped with the most modern of medical and surgical facilities, including an X-Ray machine and Vibrator outfit; and he engages in a general practice of his profession, leaning, however, towards the universal preference for surgery and, in his case, the diseases of women.  He is Secretary of the Board of United State Pension Examiners, President of the Schuyler County Medical Association, and a member of the State, Military Tract and American Medical Societies.  In political affliation he is a Republican, is Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee, has served as Alderman of the First Ward of Rushville, was President if the Board of Education for several years; in fact, has held about all of the local offices in the gift of the people.  Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, in which he has taken the 32nd degree, and is a member of Mohamet Shrine, of Peoria; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America, the Mutual Protective League and the B. P. O. E., Beardstown Lodge 1007.
  The marriage of Dr. Ball and Anna R. Thompson occurred November 18, 1891, and of the union there is one son, John Maurice, born October 18, 1898.  The doctor and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is a man of dignified and pleasing personality, possessing tact, consideration, optimism, and many other fine and almost indispensabel qualities which accompany the rise of the foremost and most useful men of his profession.

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