Ball's Ferry (Community)
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:18PM
Jo Giessner

Balls Ferry, a locality, 6 miles east-southeast of Anderson on the west side of the Sacraqmento River.

1867 August 3, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - DIED - At Ball's Ferry, July 24th, of congestive chills, Arabella, daughter of H.C. and Angelina Ferrill, aged 11 years, 11 months and 16 days.~

1875 October 4, A 4th class Post Office, Balls Ferry, Shasta, California, was established at this location 6 miles northeast of Cottonwood along the Sacramento River.. It was named for William Wallace Ball (1826-1888), the first postmaster. Ball operated a ferry across the Sacramento River and was the proprietor of the Ball's Ferry, Shasta, California, Hotel. The ferry was replaced by a bridge in 1896-97.~

1875 October 4, was also the discontinuation of the Parkville Post Office which had been located 1 mile north on Ash Creek. Moving it 1 mile south, it became the Ball's Ferry Post Office.~

1875 October 11, San Francisco Bulletin, Postal Changes for the Pacific Coast, Washington, D.C., October 10 -Name changed--"Park View [s/b Parkville], Shasta County, California, to Ball's Ferry, and William W. Ball appointed Postmaster."

Before the Post Office discontinued on 29 February 1916, postmasters included:  William W. Ball, George Wright, Robert Beck, Willie Flowers, Harry Hall, Timothy Goodman and William G. Hall. Upon closure, the residents received their mail through the Cottonwood Post Office.~

1877, Per the Great Register of the County of Shasta, California:  Philip Joseph GLASS, Germany, Farmer; Frank KENYON, Missouri, Laborer; William T. WILLIAMSON, California, Ferryman.~

1881, History and Business Directory for the County of Shasta, California listed eight businessmen for Ball's Ferry:  James ARNOLD, Farmer; W.W. BALL, Hotel; G.W. HALL, Farmer; William LOSAN; Farmer; A.J. LOSAN, Farmer; E.H. LOSAN, Farmer; Isaac SHOUSE, Farmer and J.F. WINSELL, Farmer. [LOSAN should be LOGAN]~

1885, Shasta County Directory:  Teachers:  Miss J. Bainbridge, A.S. Foster, F. Love.~

1888 June 30, George P. Wright, Postmaster.~

1891 September 29, Charles J. Ball, Postmaster.~

1896 January 27, Evening News, San Jose, California - Pope Lansdale was shot and killed near Balls Ferry, Cal., by George M. Wright. The murderer is still at large.~

1898 October 1, Evening News, San Jose, California - MYSTERIOUS DEATH - Jesse King, a laborer employed by Harry Smith at Balls Ferry, was found dead in a chicken yard. The man had been missing for a day, and the cause of his death is unknown.~

1899 August 9, Weekly Bee, Sacramento, California - FOUND DROWNED - Graham Bridge, the 18-year-old son of Captain A.G. Bridge, of Balls Ferry, was drowned last week in Bailey Creek, Shasta County, near Shingletown, where he was camping with a friend. Bridge was subject to epileptic fits, and it is thought that he went to the stream for water and was seized with a fit and fell in.~

1899 November 4, Searchlight, Redding, California - Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Wilcox were Redding visitors Friday. Mr. Wilcox, with his brother-in-law, D.L. Gover, farms the famous farm below Balls Ferry, as well as the Nunes ranch on the Tehama side of Battle Creek, which they recently purchased.~

1899 November 22, Searchlight, Redding, California - CHANGES AT BALLS FERRY - J.E. King, a young man who was long employed in the blacksmith shop at Balls Ferry conducted by George Wright, was in town Tuesday after a visit to Sacramento, Marysville and Chico. He has quit his Balls Ferry job and may locate in Redding. He reports many business changes at Balls Ferry. R.O. Beck, the storekeeper has purchased the Blacksmith shop of George Wright and leased it to Frank Whitlock. Mr. Wright and family will move soon to San Francisco. Mr. Beck has also purchased and will conduct the Balls Ferry Hotel. Mrs. C.J. Ball, who has conducted the hotel in the past, will remain at Balls Ferry.~

1899 December 1, Robert O. Beck, Postmaster.~

1899 December 12, Searchlight, Redding, California - Harry Smith, a successful farmer of Balls Ferry, was a Sunday visitor in Redding. Mr. Smith is a son-in-law of Mrs. Mary Carr of Redding.~

1899 December 17, Searchlight, Redding, California -Ernest Giles and sister, Miss Myra Giles, were up from Balls Ferry Saturday. Miss Giles teaches the Balls Ferry School.~

1899 December 20, Searchlight, Redding, California - Marriage Licenses - The other license issued Tuesday was to Wellburn Flowers, a native of Oregon, aged 25 years, a resident of Balls Ferry, and Ella M. Thatcher, a native of California, aged 22 years and a resident of Shingletown.~

1899 December 21, Searchlight, Redding, California - A.N. Dunham, formerly in partnership with Luke Lukes in the flour mill business at Balls Ferry, paid Redding a visit Wednesday.~

1900 December 15, Willie Flowers, Postmaster.~

1902 February 28, Harry Hall, Postmaster.~

1902, May Day Edition of the Cottonwood Herald - "Harry Hall, the genial and popular member of the firm of Hall & Morgan, Balls Ferry, is a son of W.S. Hall who came to Tehama county in "the days of forty-nine." Mr. Hall, when he became of age, went into the livery business at Anderson where he remained two years, afterwards dealing in stock. Early this year he formed a partnership with George Morgan, purchasing the Balls Ferry Hotel and Store. The firm is doing a good business and have a promising future."~

1902 May, This glowing report was a special article in the May Day Edition of the Cottonwood Herald - Along the picturesque Sacramento River, there is not a prettier spot than that occupied by the Balls Ferry Milling Company. The mill enjoys the proud distinction of being the only one in Shasta County which places its product direct on the market made from grain grown within its surroundings.

That the output under the management of Mr. L.D. Cheney, has proven successful, it is only necessary to say that the mill, which has a capacity of fifty barrels a day, is worked to the fullest extent, and arrangements are already in progress to increase the output.

The roller process -- the very latest, run by water-power which secures the best results in flour-milling-- is still adopted with he best results, being operated by one of the oldest and best miller in the state.

The Herald learns with much satisfaction that the trade both here and at Redding, De LaMar, Copper City and other places in the county, has been doubled since Mr. Cheney took charge of the mill.

Everything in and around the mill has been improved and renovated, and not a feature that would add to the perfecting of a flour mill has been neglected in the new arrangements.

That the mill will meet with success in the future is a foregone conclusion; the article speaks for itself and behind it is the right man in the right position. ~

1903 November 17, Timothy D. Goodman, Postmaster.~

1904 February 7, Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, WA) - Ad. - Flour Mill for sale or exchange for stock of merchandise. A 50-bbl.roller, sifter system, water power mill in most prosperous part of California. Mill is practically new; abundance of grain, fine mill door trade; entire output marketed in vicinity. address L.D. Cheney, Ball's Ferry, Cal.~

1914 August 6, William G. Hall, Postmaster.~

1914 August 8, Sacramento Union - NAME CALIFORNIA POSTMASTERS - Washington D.C., Aug 7 - The following fourth class postmasters for offices in California have been named:  Balls Ferry, Shasta county, William G. Hall. . .~

1915 June 2, Searchlight, Redding, California - TO SELL IN BALLS FERRY - W. G. Hall, the Balls Ferry merchant, has filed the usual notice of intention to sell his business. J.C. Ashbaugh, recently postmaster of Cottonwood, will be the new proprietor of Balls Ferry store after June 7.~

1915 July 17, Searchlight, Redding, California - BALLS FERRY POSTMASTER - Do you want to be a postmaster at Balls Ferry? If you do, come to Redding on Saturday, August 14, and take the civil service examination before the local civil service board. The position paid a salary of $243. last year.~

1915 August 30Searchlight, Redding, California - BALLS FERRY SCHOOL - Miss Hazel DeBerry of Anderson was in the county seat Monday to be fitted out by the county superintendent for the opening of school in the Sheldon or Balls Ferry district next Monday week.~

1915 October 27, Searchlight, Redding, California - A. J. TUGGLE IMPROVES - A.J. Tuggle [Addison Jones Tuggle (1866-1916)], Balls Ferry farmer who suffered an attack of paralysis Monday while riding horseback, was reported much better Tuesday. His daughter, Miss Mable Tuggle, has returned from his bedside.~

1916 February 29, Ball's Ferry Post Office discontinued and  service moved to Cottonwood.~

1958 September 7, San Diego Union- The Wildlife Conservation Board is spending $48, 131. for boat launching ramps along the Sacramento River - At Anderson and Balls Ferry in Shasta County, and at Bend Bridge, Tehama County.~

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