Ball, Miner Sylvanes

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Miner Ball was born December 15th, 1838, at Berne, Albany county, New York, son of Robert Ball and Anna Barbara Deitz.


Remained on farm until the age of sixteen; came to Minnesota in 1857, and lived at Caledonia one year, thence to St. Paul, and in 1859 engaged in mercantile business at Rockford, Wright county, being the only trader there. In 1861 sold out and came to Minneapolis and bought a photograph gallery of Charles Robinson, and conducted it until the following spring, when he sold out and moved to Lake City and opened the ginseng trade. In 1863, moved to Menomonee, Dunn county, Wisconsin, and run a livery stable, store and farm for three years. Then returned to Rockford, and went into trade. Built a saw mill opposite Greenwood and run it two years; it burned and he moved to Delano and built the Delano Flour and Saw Mills; remained there until 1879, and was foremost in building up the town. Came to Minneapolis in November, 1879, and entered into real estate and commission business. In 1880, sold his Delano property and in the fall opened a real estate office in the Clark House.

Marriage and Children

Was married February 18th, 1862, to Miss Kate P. Powers, of Greenwood. Their children were:

  • Willie P.
  • Robert Leslie
  • Ruth A.
  • Frank P.
  • Firman G.

Mrs. Ball died December 17th, 1875, and Mr. Ball married for his second wife Mrs. Sallie W. Jackson, of Pennsylvania, July 16th, 1879. She had one daughter, Viola Jackson.


1879 probably Excelsior, Hennepin, MN


History of Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis [Minnesota]. By George E. Warner, in 1881.