Biography of Howard M. Ball
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

Howard M. Ball is well and favorably known in Salem where he is connected with the Pittsburgh Foundry & Machine Company. He was born at Danville, Ill., Aug. 9, 1873, and is a son of Warren J. and Louise (Doerflinger) Ball.

Warren J. Ball, deceased, ranked among the representative business men of Columbiana County and was instrumental in bringing the Pittsburgh Foundry & Machine Company to Salem. He was born in Canton, Ohio, and for a number of years was identified with the Ideal Plow Company there. He came to Salem in the interests of that company, and remained in their employ until his connection with the Pittsburgh Foundry & Machine Company in 1905. He served as superintendent and general manager of the latter named company until his death, Jan. 3, 1922. There were six children in the Ball family, as follows: Howard, W. A., Agatha, Mabel, Theodora, and Pearl.

Howard M. Ball attended the public schools of Canton, Ohio, and Salem, and when 18 years of age began an apprenticeship in his father's foundry, The Ball Maule Company Foundry. He later was employed as a moulder by the Silver Manufacturing Company for five years, when he was employed by the Deming Company, with whom he remained for several years. In 1917 he returned to the Pittsburgh Foundry & Machine Company, of which his brother, Warren A., is superintendent and general manager.

On June 29, 1899, Mr. Ball was married to Miss Izora Spiker, a daughter of Perry and Rachael (Grove) Spiker, of Shenandoah, Va. The Spiker family moved to Salem in 1890, and Mr. Spiker was in the employ of the Deming Company as a machinist for 27 years. He died in 1917 and is buried in Salem. Mrs. Spiker died in 1901 and is buried in Maryland. To Mr. and Mrs. Ball two children were born: Helen, born Feb. 26, 1901, was married on Sept. 1, 1921, to J. A. Rufer, and they have one child, Jane Louise. Mr. Rufer, in partnership with his brother, owns the Ruler Bros. Garage, Goshen Street, Salem; and Ralph, born March 29, 1903, married Sept. 21, 1923, to Miss Ellen Howell of Salem. They have one child, June Virginia.

Mr. Ball and his family are members of the Episcopal Church. In politics he is an independent voter.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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