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Oren Ball Family Reunion 75 Years in Minutes, Notes & Clippings

1934 - 2009


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s I look at the Ball Family Reunion minutes, I am humbled by the vision Charlotte and Oren had so many years ago, from their 8 children, to their children, children’s children, etc. Not many families can trace their roots back to William Brewster and the Mayflower. Nor can they say that their ancestor Peter DeWolf fought for their freedom in the American Revolution or that Charlotte’s father, Charles Hummell, and his brother fought for our freedom in the Civil War. My wish is that our children, their children and future generations will continue to hold these reunions, to get together to honor their ancestors and get to know each other as a family. Family is what it’s all about. Tim Middlebrook (Doris Ball) President, Ball Family Reunion Committee 2017

Aunt Flo’s House - circa 1963/1964 Top Row: Doris Middlebrook, Flo Horton, Bob Ball, Charles Ball, Lorraine Brumber. Bottom Row: Fred Ball, Oren Ball, Charlotte Ball, Ruth Goodenbury.


July 4, 1934 | 1st Annual | South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY The first annual reunion of the Family of Oren Ball was held at the home of Fred Ball on the South Main Street Road. A business meeting was conducted following the dinner and the following officers were elected for next year: President: Charlotte Ball, Vice President: Mrs. Ruth Goodenbury, Secretary: Robert Ball and Treasurer: Mrs. Fred Ball. Commities were chosed as follows; Lorraine Ball, Florence Ball and Oren Ball were appointed on the dinner committee. There are fourteen members of the family and they were all present. The oldest member was Oren Ball 47 years old...


July 4, 1934 | 1st Annual | South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY ...and the youngest Kenneth Goodenbury 2 ½ yrs old. Dinner was held on the front lawn in picnic style with ants and mosquitoes as uninvited guests. After dinner a game of ball was held and they played horseshoes. Chasing pigs was also enjoyed. A penny collection was taken and when the bills were paid we have several cents left in the treasure. Supper was served in the house at 6:00. The day was ended up with niteworks held in the front lawn. There was 1 marriage. Secretary: Robert Ball July 4, 1934


July 4, 1935 | 2nd Annual | South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY The second annual reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at the home of Fred H. Ball on the South Main St. Road. All members was presant and one guest. Dinner was served at 12;15 after the dinner was served the meeting was called to order by President Charlotte Ball. The minutes was read by secretary Robert Ball, then the election of Officers was had as following, President Ruth Goodenbury, Vice-President Minnie Ball, Secretary Fred Ball, Treasurer Florence Ball, commitees was choosen for dinner as following, Lorraine Brumber, Oren Ball, & Doris ball, for sports Donald Brumber, George Goodenbury, and Robert Ball. After the meeting was closed by the President.


July 4, 1935 | 2nd Annual | South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY We had sports and basball game was enjoyed. There was no marriages, no births, leaving the total members fourteen. A presant was presanted to Oren Ball the oldest member of the family. Age forty-eight and to Henneth Goodenbury the youngest one of the family three and one-half years. A penny collection was taken. After the bills was paid we had sixteen cents in the treasure. After supper was served at 6:00 the youger members played leap-frog and did stunts untill dark. At the end of the day fireworks were had. Secretary: Fred H Ball. July 4th 1935.


July 2, 1936 | 3rd Annual | Horseshoe Lake Grounds The third annual reunion of the Oran Ball family was held at Horseshoe Lake Grounds. All member were present and two guests are Mrs. Gertrude Miller & daughter of Ohio. Dinner was served at 1:00 clock after the dinner was served the meeting was called to order by President Ruth Goodenbury The minutes were read by Fred Ball. Commitees choosen for dinner are Mrs. Ball, for sports Florence Ball & Ruth Goodenbury. After the meeting was closed by the president we had sports & swimming was enjoyed we also went to Attica to see the Fireworks.


July 2, 1936 | 3rd Annual | Horseshoe Lake Grounds There were no marriages. One birth born to Mr & Mrs Goodenbury a daughter the fifth of november. The total number is fifteen. A present was given to the oldest member of the family Oren Ball are forty-nine, and to Pat, Dawn Miller a guest age 9 ½ months. A penny collections was taken. After the bills were paid we have seventeen cents in the treasure. Supper was served at home and I guess the day was ended with the rest of the firecrackers. Secretary Fred Ball July 2, 1936.


July 4, 1937 | 4th Annual | Morganville, NY The fourth annual reunion of the Oran Ball family was held at the home of Fred Ball of Morganville. Dinner was served at 11:30 by Mrs Oren Ball & Comm. Meeting was called to order by Pres. Mrs. Fred Ball. Following officers being chosen Pres. Mrs Donald Brumber, Vice Pres. Fred Ball, Sec. Donald Brumber Sports comm. everyone. Place to be selected two weeks before. Presents were presented to Oren Ball oldest Member and Imagene Goodenbury youngest age 8 months. All members of the family were present and two guests Miss Helen Rood and Miss Ruth Terry. There were no marriages reported but one birth was reported a daughter to Mr & Mrs Geo Goodenburry making...


July 4, 1937 | 4th Annual | Morganville, NY ...a total of fifteen. A penny collection was taken. After bills were paid there was a total of fifty cents left in the the treasure. Games were played and a lot of fun enjoyed with the old car. Supper was served at 1 o’clock after which fireworks were enjoyed. We left about 9 o’clock feeling tired and sunburned. Sec. Donald Brumber July 4, 1937. P.S. In the middle of the afternoon Robert Ball & Ruth Terry were missing so Mrs Oren Ball had to go find them. They were parked down the lane with the old car.


No Date Recorded (1938) | 5th Annual | Lakeside The 5th Annual Reunion of the Oran Ball family was held at Lakeside with Pres. Lorraine Brumber presiding. Dinner was served at 11:30 o’clock after which the meeting was held. Minutes were read and accepted new officers elected as following Pres. Fred Ball, Vice Pres Florence Ball & Sec. & Treas Donald Brumber. Dinner comm. Mrs Fred Ball. Sports comm. everyone. The Place to be selected two weeks before. Presents were presented to Oren Ball the oldest and Rita Marie youngest age 10 months. Fifteen members and one guest Betty Myers were present. No marriages were reported. One birth was a daughter to Mr & Mrs...


No Date Given | 5th Annual | Lakeside ...Fred Ball of Batavia. Making a total of sixteen. A collection of a dollar was taken making a total of $1.50 in treasure. After bills were paid $.50 was left. Games and swimming was enjoyed in the afternoon. Supper was served at the home of Mr & Mrs Oren Ball. Sec. Donald E. Brumber


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park The sixth annual reunion of the Oran Ball family was held at Como Park at which time Doris & Charles Ball celebrate their birthdays. Dinner was served at 1 o’clock after which the business meeting was held. A card was signed by all and sent to Donald Brumber at Mount Morris Sanitarium. A bill of 40 cents paid Collection of $.27 taken leaving $.07 in trasure after bills paid. A note was made to save the napkins for another year. Election of officers were as following: Pres. Florence Ball... ...Vice Pres. Robert Ball, Secr & Treas Donald Brumber, Dinner comm Ruth Goodenbury and Sports Doris Ball, Geo Goodenbury and Oren Ball. There were 18 members present with Oren Ball the oldest and Gordon Ball the youngest...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...There were no marriages and no deaths reported but one birth a son to Mr & Mrs Fred Ball. After meeting games were played at which time Doris Ball was stung by a bee. Must was thrown at her to relieve the pain. There were two guest present Betty Hale... ...and Mary Munger. Arrived home at six o’clock at which time supper was served. Sec. Donald Brumber Aug 13th, 1939


July 4, 1940 | 7th Annual | “some place by the lake” The seventh annual reunion of the Oran Ball family was held at some place by the lake after not being able to go in Lakeside as was planned. Dinner was served at 1 o’clock after which the business meeting was held. A bill of $.25 was paid. Collection of $.39 taken leaving $.14 left in the treasurey. After bills were paid an election of officers was held. It was as following: Pres. Bob Ball, Vic. Pres. Minnie Ball, Sec & Tres. Doris Ball, Dinner comm. Mother. There were 15 members present with Oren Ball (^53 years) oldest and Gordan Ball (^14 months) youngest. There were five guests present Betty Hale & Ruth...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Tenny. There were no marriages, no deaths and no births reported. Each family is to provide two or more sports. The place will be decided by the officers. After meeting games were played. We arrived home at six o’clock at which time supper was served. Secretary Doris Ball July 4, 1940


July 13, 1941 | 8th Annual | Olcott Beach The eighth annual reunion of the Oran Ball family was held at which time Dad’s birthday was celebrated. On the way down Fred had a flat tire and had to go all the way ?????????? and home on an old tire that flopped all the time. Dinner was served at 1 o’clock after which the business meeting was held. A collection of $1.06 was taken in, $.70 was paid for bills leaving $.31 in treasurey. After bills were paid, election of officers was held. It is as following: Pres. Minnie Ball Vice Pres. Oren Ball, Sec. & Tres. Doris Ball. There were 12 members present with Oren Ball oldest 54 yrs. old and Gordon Ball 2 yrs. old youngest. There were on marriage - Robert...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Ball and Ruth Tenny, no births and no deaths reported. Amusements fo the park were enjoyed by all. We stoped by the roadside and ate supper. At this time Fred cut off half of his tire so it wouldn’t flap, but it still did. Secretary Doris Ball July 13, 1941 P.S. Fred got home without ????? the flat tire. Bob and Fred also got chased by a half dog & half lion.


No Date Recorded (1942) | 9th Annual | The home of Mr. & Mrs. Oren Ball The ninth annual reunion of the Ball family was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Oren Ball (Ma & Dad). A t?????? dinner was served at 1 o’clock , the table being decorated with a birthday cake in honor of Dad’s birthday. After dinner a business meeting was held with Oren Ball being elected as President, Lorraine Brumber Vice and Florence Ball, Secretary & treasurer. Ruth G and Ruth B were placed in charge of the dinner and Minnie and Bob of the Sports. One birth was reported that of Kerry Ball, son of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Ball. A collection of $1.35 was taken in, $.45 was paid out for bills, leaving $.90 in the treasure. There were 18 members present with Oren Ball receiving a c???es brush for...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...being the oldest & Kerry a wooden set for being the youngest. Badminton, Croquet, penny bingo, pitching pennies and other sports were enjoyed during the afternoon. For Supper hots & hamburgers were served, hot off the griddle. No one was ill as a result of the picnics and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. P.S. Doris lash her stocking on the way to the Show and had to come back home for repairs.


September 16, 1943 | 10th Annual | The home of Mr. & Mrs. Oren Ball The tenth annual reunion of the Ball family was held Sept. 6, 1943, Labor Day, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Oren Ball. A weiner roast was had at night served with cake & coffee. After Supper a short business meeting was held. It was decided to have the same officers to continue for another year, namely Oren Ball, Pres, Lorraine Brumber, Vice-Pres, & yours truly , Florence Ball, Sec’y. & Treas. One birth was reported, being Dixie Ann Ball to Ruth & Robert Ball. There were 18 members present all except Bob who is serving in the Armed Forces in Ireland. A card was passed around and everyone wrote a short note to Bob. This was Don’s 1st yr. back...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...since he went to the Sanitarium, also in the P.M. rope-jumping, Badminton, & general horse-play was enjoyed. Don, Lorraine & I went fishing. Lorraine nearly fell in crossing a small stream on a piece of pipe. In running up the bank to stopp herself she lost moth heels off her shoes. Don & I nearly busted a rib laughing. No fish were caught. The party broke up about 9:00 p.m. until another year. Sec’y Florence Ball


August 12, 1944 | 11th Annual | The home of Mr. & Mrs. Oren Ball The eleventh Annual Reunion of the Oren Ball family was held August 12, 1944, at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Oren Ball. It was also in celebration of Charles & Doris’s birthday. A picnic dinner was held at six o’clock in the house. After dinner a meeting was called to order. The officers are: Pres, Mother Ball, Vice-Pres. Lorraine Brumber, Secy. & Tres. Doris Ball. There was 18 members present and two absent those being Rovert Ball ???? serving in Ireland and Teddy Ball Jr. Gifts were given to Dad for being the oldest at 58 and Dixie Ball the youngest at 20 months old. Ruthi and Minnie Ball are on the dinner committee...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Each family is to bring at least one sport. After suppor games were enjoyed out on the lawn and later Bingo was played in the house. The picnic broke up early and all retired to bed. Sec’y Doris Ball Treasury Amt: $1.15


August 18, 1945 | 12th Annual | Letchworth Park The twelveth Reunion of the Oren Ball family was held August 18 at Letchworth Park. A picnic dinner was held after which a short business meeting was held. The officers for the next year are: Pres. Lorraine Brumber, Vice Pres. Florence Ball, Sec. & Tres. Doris Ball, Dinner committee Ruth Goodenbury. A bill of $.80 for gifts was paid leaving $2.76 in the treasury. There were 20 members present only one being absent that Teddy Ball Jr serving in the army. There were two guests Gloria Greene from Oakfield and “Dick� Middlebrook from Attica. Oren Ball was the oldest being 60 and Dorothy Goodenbury being the youngest at 2 months. There was one birth reported, being...


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Dorothy Goodenbury to Ruth & Geroge Goodenbury After the meeting a few sports were enjoyed, the rest of the day was spent enjoying the park. Secretary, Doris Ball


No Date Recorded (1946) | 13th Annual | Churchville Park The thirteenth Reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Churchville Park. Saturday evening it rained before we got there so the boys & girls went barefooted to get to shelter. We had a weiner roast for lunch the election of officers. There were fourteen present. One wedding Doris & Dick Middlebrook & a daughter to Minnie & Gord Ball. After Bills were paid there is $2.56 in treasure. We played ball & then we went home. Sec. Fred Ball.


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No Date Recorded (1948) | 14th Annual | North Bergen, NY The 14th Reunion of the Ball family was held at Aunt Unas Bodell in North Bergen. A corn & weiner roast dinner. after dinner a business meeting of Officers Naming Mother Ball for President, Ruthie Ball for vice-President, sec & tres Fred Ball. Dinner Com - Ruth Goodenbury. There was 20 members present & two guests Una Bodell & Alfred Horton. no marriages. 2 births Donna Noreene Brumber & Trudy dawn Ball no deaths, the oldest present oren Ball & youngest Trudy Ball the expenses were paid of $3.29 There is $1.42 left in Tres. after the meeting some sports were played bingo under the lights and then we went home. Sec. Fred Ball


No Date Recorded (1949) | 15th Annual | North Bergen, NY The 15th Reunion of the Happy Gang Ball reunion was held at Aunt Unas of North Bergen. The dinner was a meat loaf & scalopped potatoes varity. Of course this was held in the house it rained as usuall. A business metting of officers, Pres. Ruthie Ball Vice Pres. - Doris Middlebrooke, sec & tres Fred Ball, Dinner com - Lorraine Brumber, sports com. each family 1 sport and 1 prize. 27 Member present. 1 guests Aunt Una Bodell, Marriage Florence & Alfred Horton. 2 Births Bonnie Jean Ball & Tommy Middlebrooke. No Deaths. The oldest was Oren Ball & the youngest was Tommy Middlebrooke. After the expenses were paid their is $4.70 left in treasure. It stopped raining after dinner we had some sports then all went home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


No Date Recorded (1950) | 16th Annual | Williams Park, Batavia, NY The sixteenth reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Williams Park in Batavia. A dinner of ham, Scalloped potatoes, pies & pickles. A business meeting was held Pres. Doris Middlebrook, Vice Florence Horton, Sec & tres myself, Dinner com Minnie Ball Select own Sports com. - Robert & Charles, Kinniy & Dick, Member 27 - 1 Guest Aunt Una Bodell, marriages, Clara Ruth & Freddie Ball, Lee & Charles Ball, There was no Births, 1 death Trudy Dawn Ball. Place Held to be choosen. The oldest Oren Ball & The youngest was Thomas Middlebrook. After the expenses were paid of $7.78 there is $1.21 left in the Treasure. There was a game of Ball children slid on the slides, some took some pictures. George stood on the table & rolled down hill. I guess we all got tired & then went home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park The seventeenth reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Warsaw Park on July 4th with 25 members present and two guests Aunt Una Bodell & Aunt Mary Bateman. After dinner a business meeting was called by President Doris Middlebrook and a election of officers was called with Flo Horton being named president Lee Ball vice-Pres Fred Ball sec & tres. Mother Ball dinner com. - Don & Al on sports com a motion was made to have the predident buy the gifts for the oldest & youngest & the time & place to be selected for the coming year to be named by the officers. The oldest being present was Oren Ball & the youngest Tommy middlebrook. After the meeting was ehld sports & games was...


July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park ...enjoyed. The children had a good time on the swings & slides & then of course it had to start to Rain so all started for home.... Sec & Tres Fred Ball


1952 | 18th Annual | Warsaw Park - Letchworth Park The eighteen reunion of the Oren Ball family was held finally at Letchwroth park after we had been to the Warsaw Park and finding all the tables in use. So we ate on the lawn of Letchworth Park. After dinner a business meeting was called by President Florence Horton. The officers for the next year are pres. Lee Ball, Vice Minnie Ball & Sec & Tres Fred Ball, Dinner Committee Ruth Goodenbury, sports Charles & Robert Ball. There were 27 members present & 2 invited guests Aunt Una Bodell & Aunt Mary Bateman, and a quite a few ants & spiders. Two births was reported Vernon Ashel Ball & Suzan Elisbeth Horton. The place to hold the picnic next year is to be named by the officers. The oldest present was Oren Ball & the youngest Susan Horton after the expenses were paid their was $3.40 left in the treasure. After the Business meeting was over Don & Al had a fine selection of sports for all. Then Bob & Ruthie invited us all to their home where by some playd Horse shoes & weiner roast was had. With every body having a good time. Sec. Fred Ball


No Date Recorded (1953) | 19th Annual | Churchville Park The 19th Reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Churchville Park with 30 members present & two guests Aunt Una and Aunt Mary. A very nice dinner was served by Ruth Goodenbury of chickens and salads pie for desert and a birthday cake for Dad. After dinner a business meeting was called by Lee Ball with the following Officers elected. Pres. Minnie Ball, Dinner Mother, & sports George Goodenbury & Fred Ball. There were no births, no deaths reported. There is $5.10 left in the treasure. The oldest present was Oren Ball and the youngest Sue Horton. After the close of the meeting there was a fine selection of sports was held by Robert & Charles. Consisting of Rolling pin game, peanut game, clothes pin, button, and a beer bottle game. Some took a walk through the woods, & some pitched horse shoes. All took some pitches of course it rained off an on all day but a good time was had by all. Sec. Fred Ball


July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Wars 30 Members 2 Una B. Guests: M. B. Pres. Minnie Ball. Robert Ball. Vice. Dinner. Mother George & Fred Sports. Births. No

Marriages No Place Held. $5.10 left in Treasure 1st April. Pres to get place before Ruin that day. Rolling pin game, peanut game, cloth pin game, can top in cloth pins, Al took some. pictures, button game, beer bottle game,


Above: Officer and Treasury Notes sheet taken in addition to full length reunion minutes.

No Date Recorded (1954) | 20th Annual | Williams Park The 20th reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Williams Park. There was 34 members present and one guest Aunt Una. As we had to wait dinner for a time we had a couple of the sports and then dinner. After dinner a business meeting was held and the following Officers Elected, Pres. Robert Ball Vice Pres. Doris Middleport, Sec & Tres Fred Ball, Dinner Com. Ruthie & Lee Ball, Sports Florence, Imogen, & Aunt Una, there were two Births reported, Linda daughter of Charles & Lee Ball Feb 4, and Christine daughter of Freddie & Evelyn Ball Nov 9th. There was one marriage Rita Ball & Sal Tuttabene on Feb 6th. The place to held next year reunion is to be named by the 1st of June. A collection was taken and after / all bills being paid there was $2.89 left in the treasure. After the meeting was closed Dad was presented a Birthday difts and then we had the rest of the sports some of the children played on the slides and in the sand boxes. some of the older one had a Ball game and then I guess we left for home.


No indication of who took these notes... ...George stood on the table and Rolled down hill. The seventeenth reunion was held at warsaw Park on July 4th. The oldest oren Ball & the youngest tommy Middlebrooke the children had a good time on the swings & slides of course it had to Rain. The 18th reunion was held at Letchworth Park & finding all the table full we ate on the lawn at the Park. we had quite a lot of ants & spiders Bob & Ruthie invited us to there home where some played horse shoes & a weiner Roast was held The 19th reunion was held at Churchville Park there was a Rolling pin game and beer bottle game Al took pictures of course it rained on & off

The 20th reunion was held at Williams park. Dad was presented with Birthday Gifts some of the children played on slides & sand boxes and then older ones had a ballgame. The 21st reunion was held at Williams Park 35 members present. Dad being the oldest and the youngest Patty Ball, Dick is a champion wind blower. The 22nd reunion was held at Williams Park 32 members & Two Guests Aunt Una and Mary Bateman games played tennis, ball game swings, Slides and Ballon game. The 23rd reunion was held at Williams Park 31 members present the kids played in swings & slides, then all went home.


No Date Recorded (1955) | 21st Annual | Williams Park The 21st Reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Williams Park. There was 35 members present and 2 guests Aunt Una & Aunt Mary Dinner was served at 6 o’clock which was followed by a bussiness meeting. Presited over by the Pres. Robert Ball. The following officers were elected Pres. Doris Middlebrook, Vice Pres. Mother Ball, Dinner Com. Ruth Goodenbury & Lee Ball, sports com. Dixie, Rita, Evelyn. There were two births, a son Sal Jr. to Rita & Sal Tuttabene and a daughter Patricia to Evelyn & Freddie Ball, no marriages, no Deaths was reported. The oldest present was Oren Ball & the youngest Patty Ball. The place to hold the 1956 reunion was voted to be held at Williams park. And the on coming President to reserve the place by the 1st of June. There was $10.34 collected in treasure and...


Above: Officer and Treasury Notes sheet taken in addition to full length reunion minutes.

July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park ...after the bills were paid which was $6.72 left a balance of 3.62 in treasure. A gift was presented to Dad for being the oldest present and also a birthday present in honor of his birthday also a gift was giving to the youngest which was Patricia Ball. After the meeting was closed there were sports Florence, Imogene & Aunt Una, then the small boys played in the sand box, and on the slides, & swings, some of the older ones had a ball game while the others looked on. Then all departed for home tired but happy. Sec & Tres Fred Ball Sr.


No Date Recorded (1956) | 22nd Annual | Williams Park The 22nd Reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Williams Park. There was 32 members present. 2 guests Aunt Una Bodell & Aunt Mary Bateman Dinner was served at 6:30 after which a business meeting was called to order by Pres Doris Middlebrook. The following officers were elected for the comeing year Pres Mother Ball, Vice Pres Father Ball Dinner com. Lorraine Brumber and choose own help. Sports Charles Ball. There were four births reported Connie, timmy, Ricky and Kenny. no deaths It was voted to hold the next reunion on a sunday in July at Williams Park with dinner to be served at 2 o’clock. There is $5.63 left in the treasure after the Bills were paid.


Below: Officer and Treasury Notes sheet taken in addition to full length reunion minutes.

July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park ...after the business meeting was closed there were sorts which Dick was the champion wind blower. After the sports the kids played on the slides and in the swings and in the sand some had a ball game the others looked on then it was time to go home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


No Date Recorded (1957) | 23rd Annual | Williams Park The 23rd reunion was held at Williams Park with 31 members present for dinner and dick & doris & children com later. Dinner was served at 2 o’clock. A business meeting was called to order by Mother Ball with the minutes being read. The following officers were elected for the coming year President Oren Ball & Vice Robert Ball Dinner chairman, Ruth Goodenbury and Ruthie Ball assistant. Sports each family a sports. The Births during the year were Vincent Clark Ball son of Fred Ball & there were no deaths no marriages during...


Below: Officer and Treasury Notes taken in addition to full length reunion minutes and a clipping from the news paper chronicling the years reunion.

July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park ...the past year. The vice president is to buy the gifts for the coming year. After the bills was paid there is $6.68 left in Treasure. The officers are to get together 1 month ahead of time to plan things. The kids played in the swings, slides, some played tennis, and the older ones had a ball game. Then all went home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


July 6, 1958 | 24th Annual | Williams Park The 24th reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at 21 cedar St. Batavia. with 27 members attending. Mrs. Ruth Goodenbury was dinner chairman and each family had 2 sports. Oren Ball was the oldest attending and Jeffrey Lyn Ball the youngest. There were 3 Births reported Gregory Paul Goodenbury, Jeffrey Lyn Ball, Nancy Jeanne Horton. 1 marriage Kerry Ball & Sharon Downey no deaths. Officers were elected Robert Ball President, Mother Ball Vice Pres. Dinner chairman Doris Middlebrook & Minnie Ball assistant. Each family to furnish 2 sports. After the bills were paid there is $8.47 left in the Treasure. It was voted to hold next years reunion as near to the 15th of July as possible at Attica Memorial Park. The familys eat in the back yard of Mother Ball and after dinner the children had a ball game and talk about the size of thumbs games call on the women folks. Ha Ha.


July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park ...the past year. The vice president is to buy the gifts for the coming year. After the bills was paid there is $6.68 left in Treasure. The officers are to get together 1 month ahead of time to plan things. The kids played in the swings, slides, some played tennis, and the older ones had a ball game. Then all went home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


No Date Recorded (1959) | 25th Annual | Attica Memorial Park The 25th reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Attica Memorial Park with 30 members attending. Mrs Dick Middlebrook was dinner chairman & Mrs Minnie Ball assistant; and each family furnished 2 games of sports. Oren Ball was the oldest attending and Sarah Patricia Tuttobene the youngest. There were 3 births reported Christopher John Goodenbury, Kenny Ann Ball and Sarah Patricia Tuttobene. No Marriages, no deaths, after the bills were paid there is $5.58 left in the treasure. It was voted to change next years reunion from Saturday to Sunday and as near to the 15th of July as possible. Officers elected were Mother Ball President, Vice President Charles Ball, Dinner Chairman Lorraine Brumber & Florence Horton assistant, secretary & Tresure Fred Ball. After dinner was served the familys had some good sports such as swings, sliceds, ballon game, Dandy game, guessing game, bottle cap game, and bingo then I guess we retired for home.


July 4, 1951 | 17th Annual | Warsaw Park ...the past year. The vice president is to buy the gifts for the coming year. After the bills was paid there is $6.68 left in Treasure. The officers are to get together 1 month ahead of time to plan things. The kids played in the swings, slides, some played tennis, and the older ones had a ball game. Then all went home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


No Date Recorded (1960) | 26th Annual | Attica Memorial Park The 26th reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held at Attica Memorial Pk. with 36 members present. Dinner was served at 5 P.M and the sports were furnished by each family. Oren Ball fo Batavia was the oldest member present and the youngest was Deborah Ball of Jamestown N. Y. There was one birth reported Deborah Ann Ball & one marriage Imogene Goodenbury & Russell Stent. After the bills were paid there is $5.34 left in the Treasure. It was voted to change next reunion from saturday to sunday and as near the 15th of July as possible. Officers elected were Charles Ball President; Donald Brumber Vice President; Dinner chairman Ruth Goodenbury and Marsha Goodenbury assistant; Fred Ball Secretary & Treasure; after dinner...


Above: Clipping from the news paper chronicling this years reunion. Below: Officer and Treasury Notes taken in addition to full length reunion minutes.

No Date Recorded (1960) | 26th Annual ...was served the familys had some good sports such as swings, slides, Ballon game, Ball game, guessing game of things on a board. Then I guess they departed for home.

Sec. & Tres. Fred Ball.


No Date Recorded (1961) | 27th Annual | Williams Park The 27th reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held at Williams Park with 44 members present. Dinner was served and a sports program was furnished by each family. Oren Ball was the oldest member present and Deborah Ball the youngest. There were no marriages no Births & no deaths reported for the year. Officers elected were Donald Brumber of Batavia President; Mrs Ruth Goodenbury of Batavia; Vice President; Mrs. Doris Middlebrook of Attica dinner chairman & Fred Ball of Batavia, Secretary & Treasure. Then I guess the majority left for home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball.


Above: Clipping from the news paper listing Melissa Lee Balls’ Birth. Left: Officer and Treasury Notes taken in addition to full length reunion minutes. Below: Clipping from the news paper chronicling this years reunion.


No Date Recorded (1962) | 28th Annual | Williams Park The 28th reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held at Williams Park with 28 members present and one guest Aunt Mary Bateman. Dinner was served and a sports program was furnished by each family. Oren Ball was the oldest member present and Deborah Sue Ball the youngest. There was one marriage Janie Peck and Gordon Ball. There was 3 Births a daughter Laurie Ann to Kenneth & Marsha Goodenbury, a daughter Melissa Lee to Janie & Gordon Ball and a daughter Deborah Sue to Sharon & Kenny Ball. Officer elected were Ruth Goodenbury president; Al Horton Vice President; Lorraine Brumber Dinner Chairman and Dixie Ball Co. Chairman. Bonnie Ball and Dorothy Goodenbury sports committee. Fred Ball Sr. secretary & treasure. After the Bills was paid there is $1.18 left in the treasury. well then they resold some of the meal...


Above: Officer and Treasury Notes taken in addition to full length reunion minutes. Left: Paper clipping noting this years reunion.

No Date Recorded (1962) | 28th Annual | Williams Park ...left and that brought the total up to $4.78 in the treasure. There was some very good sports had by each family. After the reunion was over at Williams Park Robert asked them up to his home for lunch and beer. They played croquet and kick Ball & Horse Shoes. Then they left for home. Sec & Tres Fred Ball Sr.


No Date Recorded (1963) | 29th Annual | Williams Park The 29th reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Williams Park with 36 members present and one guest Aunt Mary Bateman. Dinner was served and a sports program was conducted by Dorothy Goodenbury. Oren Ball was the oldest member present and Jeanne Lynn Ball the youngest. There were no marriages, one birth a daughter Jeanne Lynn To Kenny & Sharon Ball. One Death Donna Brumber. Officers elected were Al Horton President, Minnie Ball Vice President, Ruth Goodenbury Dinner Chairman, Charles & Gordon sports, Fred Ball Secretary & Treasure. After the bills was paid there is $6.36 left in Treasure...“over�...There was some good sports had by all of course it had to Rain a little. I guess mose of them left for thome then. Sec & Tres Fred Ball Sr.


Left/Above: Announcment of Donna Brumbers’ passing. Prayer card from service. Below/Right: Paper clippings announcing the birth of Susan L. Goff and this years reunion.


July 5, 1964 | 30th Annual | Churchville Park The 30th Annual reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Churchville Park July 5th with 19 members present and 1 guest present. The oldest being Oren Ball and the youngest Laurie Ann (Rosy) Goodenburry. The Minutes of the last reunion were read & accepted. There was 1 marriage, that of Sandy Ball and Dave Goff and 1 birth Dave Goff Jr and no deaths. A motion was made & seconded that the next reunion be held the second Sun. in August. A motion was carried that each family furnish a spot and prize. Elections of officers were held the following being relected again..


Below: Additional line-notes from this years reunion.

July 5, 1964 | 30th Annual | Churchville Park ...Alfred Horton, Rochester - Pres. Mrs Fred Ball, Batavia, Vice Pres. Mrs Geo. Goodenbury, Batavia, dinner chairman. As the sports committee were unable to attend, Mother Ball, Lorraine Brumber and Susan & Florence Horton were in charge of the games. The men played horse shoes, the women bingo and the children games. It was a small group this year but all had fun & left the Park at 4:30. Let’s make an aim for 100% next year. Donald Brumber Acting Sec.


No Date Recorded (1965) | 31st Annual | Churchville Park The 31st annual reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Churchville Park with 24 members present. After a very good dinner was in joyed by all the meeting was called to order for Pres. Al. Horton. The minutes from the last year reunion was read & approved. One birth was reported that of Suzan Lynn Goff. Oct. 10th 1964. Election of officers then took place with the results as follows. Pres Minnie Ball. Vice Pres. Mother Ball. Sec. & Tres. Fred Ball. Dinner committee Flo & Doris. The oldest person present was Oren Ball and the youngest Melissa Ball...


Above: Newspaper clipping documenting this years gathering. Below: Additional line-notes from this years reunion.

July 5, 1964 | 30th Annual | Churchville Park ...A motion was made and carried to have the next year reunion held the second Sunday in August to be at the home of Gordy & Janie Ball in Bergen. Each family is to have a sport. After all the bills was paid there were $3.83 left in Treasure. Sec. & Tres. Fred H. Ball



Ball Family Reunion