Howell County Missouri
Orland Kay Armstrong
ARMSTRONG, Orland Kay, a Representative from Missouri; born in Willow Springs, Howell County, Mo., October 2, 1893; Drury College, Springfield, Mo., A.B., 1916; Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., LL.B., 1922; University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia, bachelor of journalism, M.A. in journalism, 1925; was admitted to the bar in 1922, but did not practice; teacher of English and public speaking at Southwest Baptist College, Bolivar, Mo., in 1916 and 1917; during the First World War served from private to lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps 1917-1919; Y.M.C.A. welfare representative in France in 1919 and 1920; established department of journalism at University of Florida at Gainesville in 1925 and served as director 1925-1928; author, magazine writer, and newspaper correspondent; secretary of Missouri Century of Progress Commission 1930, 1932; delegate to Republican State conventions, 1932-1945, 1950, 1952, and 1966; delegate to Republican National Conventions in 1944 and 1952; member of the State house of representatives 1932-1936 and 1942-1944; member of editorial staff of Reader’s Digest from 1944 until his death; member of the staff of the United States Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in 1947 and 1948; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second Congress (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1953); was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1952; was a resident of Springfield, Mo., until his death there April 15, 1987; interment in Greenlawn Cemetery. (Source: Biographical Directory of the US Congress 1774-Present)
Brought up in the South, James Ball subsequently migrated with his family to Arkansas, settling in Greene County, where he took up land, and was engaged in agricultural pursuits tillhis death, at the age of fifty years. He served as a soldier in the Confederate army during the Civil war, his health becoming impaired to some extent through frequent exposure and hardships. He was a democrat in politics, and a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He married a Miss Moseley, the descendant of a prominent family of Virginia, and a relative of Mary Washington. Her parents were slave owners, and large landholders in Virginia. She died in December, 1865, loved and mourned by all who knew her. The children born of their union are as follows: Elizabeth C., deceased; Benjamin A., the special subject of this brief sketch; William C., deceased; James Marian, who served in the Confederate army as a member of the Fifth Arkansas Infantry, which became a part of General Hood's army, was killed at the bloody battle of Franklin; John Everett, who died in Howell County, Missouri; Mrs. Francis Ludlow Ball, of Hughes County, Oklahoma; and Mary Ball, Greene County, Arkansas. Spending his boyhood days in South Carolina and Arkansas, Benjamin A. Ball was educated in the public schools. Soon after the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in the Confederate service under Col. C. D. Cross, his regiment being assigned to Gen. Sydney E. Johnston's brigade, and after the death of that brave commander being placed under charge of General Bragg. With his comrades Mr. Ball took part in the engagement at Franklin, Tennessee; was wounded at the battle of Murphysboro; and in Georgia saw much service. Returning to his home in Greene County, Arkansas, at the close of the war, he began work as a tiller of the soil. Coming to Missouri in 1867, Mr. Ball located in DeKalb County, which has since been his home. In 1884 he bought .his present farm on section five, Lafayette township, and now has a finely improved and highly productive farm of two hundred and ninety acres, which he is carrying on with both pleasure and profit, being engaged in general farming and stock raising.
Mr. Ball married, in 1867, in Greene County, Arkansas, Mary F. Elrod, the descendant of an old Virginia family, and a daughter of Hiram Elrod, her parents being pioneer settlers of Arkansas, where they located in 1857. Both Mr. and Mrs. Elrod have passed to the life beyond. Six children have been born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Ball, namely: Mary C., of St. Joseph, Missouri; Dora, a student at Columbia; Mrs. Lulu Virginia Dooley, of Dearborn, Platte County, Missouri; Laura E., wife of a Mr. Steel, of Buchanan County, Missouri; James Edward, of St. Joseph; and Benjamin A., Jr. The four daughters are at present in the teaching profession in Northwestern Missouri. In his political affiliations Mr. Ball is a straight forward democrat. Religiously he is an active and valued member of the Christian Church, and an interested worker in its affairs. (Source : A History of Northwest Missouri , Volume 2 - Page 1281 - 1915. Contributed by Tina Easley)
M. B. Rhodes
M. B. RHODES, receiver U.S. land office, 1910-14; (Rep.); b. Jan. 8, 1874, Palmyra, Missouri; educ. pub. schls. Palmyra; H. S., West Plains, Mo.; engaged in banking business in West Plains, Mo., 1891-9; resided in Kansas City, Mo., 1899-1901; located in Basin, Wyoming, 1901, as assistant cashier Big Horn County Bank, 1901-10; member first town council of Bason, 1902; treasurer town of Basin, 1904-8; town clerk, 1909-10; appointed receiver of U.S. land office at Lander, Wyo., 1910-14; mem. Masons, Knights Templar; K. of P.; M. W. of A. Address: Lander Wyoming. [Source: Men of Wyoming, Publ 1915. Transcribed by Denise Moreau]
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