Biography of Edward P. Ball
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EDWARD P. BALL.
Napa county, California, enjoys a well deserved reputation because of her fine public highways and bridges, and the splendid condition of her roads is in a very large measure due to the efficient and persistent efforts of the present county engineer, Edward P. Ball, who has in no unmistakable manner proven his fitness for the responsible position which he is filling. Mr. Ball was born in Campbell county, Kentucky, on the 1st of December, 1880, and was there reared and educated. He became a competent civil engineer and subsequently went to Minnesota, where he was employed at survey work by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad for three years. On January 2, 1909, he came to California and entered upon survey work for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Oregon, northern California, Nevada and Utah.

In 1912 Mr. Ball became identified with the California highway commission in the building of highways, and in 1917 he came to Napa to accept the position of country engineer. This was at a crucial period in highway construction in this part of the state, and Mr, Ball's entrance into the work at that particular time was adventitious, for the work performed since then, under his direction, has been of the type especially required at the present time. He has constructed many miles of reinforced concrete roads and bridges in the county, all of which are standing the test of time in a way that reflects credit on the engineer in charge. There are forty miles of county concrete highway in Napa county and sixteen miles of state highway, besides many miles of good gravel roads, much of which also has been built or maintained in good condition under Mr. Ball's direction.

Mr. Ball is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, having attained the Knight Templar degree in the York Rite and the thirty second degree in the Scottish Rite, and he is a member of Islam temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, in San Francisco. He also belongs to the Kiwanis Club in Napa. He has been a faithful and conscientious worker in whatever field he has been placed and has labored diligently in his present position, taking pride in his work. By reason of his technical skill he is contributing in a very definite way to the development and prosperity of the county and is deserving of great praise for his commendable efforts.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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