Saturday, October 1, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Lost 4 Limosine Calves brown 6-month old on Friday September 23 Stockdale between CR334 and 421 Yellow ear tags. Please call 210-887-5442
Found: Light brown large male puppy, approx. 1 year old, very lovable and sweet, no collar, near F.M. 537 and 427 off Hwy. 181. Call 830-393-9999 or 419-250-9099.

VideoLost: Our family cat, off 216 C.R. 240 in McCoy, he was wearing a very worn light green collar, no tags or chip. Message or call if found, 210-980-1199.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

CDL-A drivers needed immediately. South Texas Oilfield Solutions in Campbellton, TX is hiring drivers to drive vacuum and winch trucks. Tanker endorsement, hazmat a plus. If interested, call 830-579-4444.
Part-time maintenance tech (24 hours weekly) needed for 36 unit property in Floresville, must possess sound skills in basic maintenance, electrical, plumbing, etc., A/C skills highly desirable, $12 hourly. Submit resume to isiahh@att.net.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Wilson County History


Judge Ballard realized his dream of legal career


Judge Ballard realized his dream of legal career


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
Contributed
July 15, 2009
2,151 views
Post a comment

Judge Benjamin Franklin Ballard was born in Griggsville, Ill., in 1844, the son of the Rev. John Ballard of Pike County, Ill.

“Frank,” as he was known to family and friends, graduated from Amherst College and taught school for a while in Chicago. He did not enjoy teaching at the time, so he joined a surveying party in the Indian Territory.

In 1872, he came to San Antonio and soon found himself instructing the children of Army officers in Latin and Greek and also taught in a private school. He moved to Karnes County and taught school on the Escondido Creek. He then went to La Vernia, where he continued teaching for several years.

Frank had a bright mind and a strong character and formed a wide acquaintance throughout the county. He studied law in his spare time, looking forward to the day when he could retire from teaching and take up the active practice of law.

He came to Floresville in the 1870s, determined to permanently locate at the Wilson County seat. He was admitted to the bar and realized his long-cherished ambition.

He soon built up a lucrative practice and was recognized as one of the leading members of the bar of Southwest Texas. He became a member of the Baptist Church and was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge in Floresville.

Frank married Lizzie A. Houston, the daughter of the late Dr. John Page Houston, on Sept. 12, 1883. The wedding took place in the home of Robert C. Houston near La Vernia.

There were five children born to this union; the eldest, Bessie, died at the age of four. The other children were Mamie, who later served as principal of Floresville High School, along with Edith, Gertrude, and John, who became a successful rancher in Falfurrias.

Judge Ballard died Oct. 29, 1924. Lizzie Ballard (1860-1935) is buried adjacent to her husband.

These notes came from an old article in an issue of the Floresville Chronicle, found in family archives by Michael Blakeney, along with the photo.

Sesquicentennial Committee members are LaJuana Newnam-Leus, 830-393-2166; Shirley and John Grammer, 830-947-3176; Maurine Liles, 830-393-4959; and Gene Maeckel, 830-484-2536.

The Sesquicentennial Committee is organizing celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Wilson County. Anyone interested in helping with one of the celebration committees is invited to contact one of these individuals.
 
‹ Previous Blog Entry
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Wilson County History Archives


No other articles are currently available in this section.
Wilson County History logo/header
Wilson County History WC Historical Society
Wilson County History LV Hist Assoc
Wilson County History LABEL books
Wilson County History sesqui book preview online
Wilson County History BOOK historical markers
Wilson County History BOOK centennial
Wilson County History BOOK 44th reunion brigade
Wilson County History sesquicentennial purchase
Wilson County History LABEL history links
Wilson County History wheeler research-bio/links
Wilson County History wheeler graves
Wilson County History LINK Sesqui events
Wilson County History LINK judges reception
Wilson County History LINK findagrave.com
Voncille Bielefeld homeFriesenhahn Custom WeldingHeavenly Touch homeTriple R DC ExpertsAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.