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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.

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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 chosen 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...

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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 seven 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 3


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.

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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 number fourteen. A presant was presanted to Oren Ball the oldest member of the family. Age forty-eight and to Kenneth 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 younger 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. 5


July 2, 1936 | 3rd Annual | Horseshoe Lake Grounds The third annual reunion of the Oren 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. Then the election of officers are as following President Minnie Ball, Vice Pres. Lorraine Brumber, Sec. & Tres. 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. 6


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 age 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. 7


July 4, 1937 | 4th Annual | Morganville, NY The fourth annual reunion of the Oren 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. Mr. 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 Goodenbury making...

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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 7 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. 9


No Date Recorded (1938) | 5th Annual | Lakeside The 5th Annual Reunion of the Oren 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 were 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... 10


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

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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 celebrated 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 treasure 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... 12


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. Mud 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 13


July 4, 1940 | 7th Annual | “some place by the lake” The seventh annual reunion of the Oren 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 two guests present Betty Hale & Ruth... 14


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Terry. 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 15


July 13, 1941 | 8th Annual | Olcott Beach The eighth annual reunion of the Oren Ball family was held at Olcott Beach, at which time Dad’s birthday was celebrated. On the way down Fred had a flat tire and had to go all the way further and have on an old tire that flapped 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 one marriage - Robert... 16


August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Ball and Ruth Terry, no births and no deaths reported. Amusements of 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 another flat tire. Bob and Fred also got chased by a half dog & half lion. 17


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 tureen 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 clothes brush for... 18


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 picnic and the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. P.S. Doris lost her stocking on the way to the Show and had to come back home for repairs.

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September 6, 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 Iceland. A card was passed around and everyone wrote a short note to Bob. This was Don’s 1st yr. back...

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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 stop herself she lost both 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

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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 Robert Ball now serving in Iceland and Freddy Ball Jr. Gifts were given to Dad for being the oldest at 58 and Dixie Ball the youngest at 20 months old. Ruthie and Minnie Ball are on the dinner committee...

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August 13, 1939 | 6th Annual | Como Park ...Each family is to bring at least one sport. After supper 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

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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 Freddy 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... 24


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

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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 & Fred 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 28


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 Middlebrook, 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 Middlebrook. No Deaths. The oldest was Oren Ball & the youngest was Tommy Middlebrook. 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. 29


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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, Kenny & 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.

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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 president 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 held sports & games was...

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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

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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

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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. Al took some pictures of course it rained off an on all day but a good time was had by all. Sec. Fred Ball 36


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

Marriages No Place Held. $5.10 left in Treasure Pres to get place before 1st April. Rain that day. Rolling pin game, peanut game, cloth pin game, can top in cloth pins, Al took some, pictures, button game, beer bottle game, 37


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, Imogene, & 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 Tuttebene 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 gifts 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. Sec & Tres Fred Ball. 38


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.

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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 Tuttebene 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... 40


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.

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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.

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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 sports 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.

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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...

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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.

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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. 46


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.

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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, Kerry Aro 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 & Treasure Fred Ball. After dinner was served the familys had some good sports such as swings, sliceds, ballon game, Candy game, guessing game, bottle cap game, and bingo then I guess we retired for home. 48


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.

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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 of 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... 50


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.

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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. 52


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.

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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 & Kerry 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 meat... 54


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.

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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 Kerry & 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 home then. Sec & Tres Fred Ball Sr. 56


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.

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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 sport and prize. Elections of officers were held the following being relected again..

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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. 59


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...

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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

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August 2, 1966 | 32nd Annual | Home of Gordon Ball, Bergen, NY The 32nd Annual Reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held Sun. Aug. 2 at the home of Gordon Ball in Bergen, N.Y. with 29 members attending. The meeting was called to order by Minnie Ball Pres. the minutes from last years reunion were read by Bob Ball in the absence of Fred H. Ball who passed away Apr. 11, 1966. Sadly missed by all. There were two Births, Karlyne Ann Ball daughter of Kerry and Sharon Ball of Batavia and Julie Ann Tuttobene daughter of Sal and Rita Tuttobene of Warsaw. One marriage Dixie ann Ball to Robert W. Gumaer, who now reside in Sunnyvale, Calif. One Death Fred H. Ball. Election of Officers was held with the following elected for the Coming year. Pres. Mrs. Oren D. Ball, Vice Pres. Donald Brumber, Sec and treas. Robert Ball and dinner chairman Imogene Stent. Oren Ball was the oldest present 80 yrs. and Karlyne Ball the youngest 5 mos. The time and place of next years reunion was left up to the Pres. After the Bills were Paid we have $4.83 left in treas. The dinner Comm. did a real Bang up job on the meal, and a special thanks to Gordie and Jane... 62


Above: News clippings and the announcement postcard for this years reunion.

August 2, 1966 | 32st ...for their Hospitality. Games followed with a Good variety for young and old. One game in particular most of us will remember, the making of hats for odds and ends by the men to be modeled by their wives. Dick won with a very smart arrangement of everything and modeled expertly by Doris. Mother was the Judge. It was a very hot 90° day. On way home it rained very hard so this year we beat the weather. Sec. - treas. Robert W. Ball 63


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia The 33rd annual Reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held Sunday, August 20, 1967 at Williams Park in Batavia. There were 18 members present. Election of Officers was held with the following elected for the coming year. Don Brumber Pres., Ruthie Ball Vice Pres., Bob Ball Sec. and Tres. Minnie Ball was appointed chariman of the dinner Comm. The place and date of next year’s reunion was to be decided by the new Pres. The oldest member present was Oren D. Ball a charter member at 81 yrs. Nancy Horton was the youngest at 10 yrs. A collection was taken and after all Bills were paid we have $7.70 left in Treasure. There were no Marriages, Births or deaths during the last year. 64


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia No old or new business so meeting was adjourned. Games and sports were held in the afternoon despite the rather cool and windy day. Sec. and tres. Robert W. Ball

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August 1, 1976 | 34th Annual | Home of Bob & Ruth Ball, Alexander, NY The 34th reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held Aug. 1st, at the home of Bob & Ruth Ball in Alexander. There were 40 members and 2 guests present. The meeting was called to order by Don Brumber, President. The minutes were read by Bob Ball, Sec. & Tres. A list of births, marriages and deaths were recorded. new officers elected were Pres. Ruth Ball, Vice Pres. Charles Ball, Sec. -Tres. Rita Tuttobene and dinner chairman - Dorothy Goodenbury. The oldest present was Don Brumber and the youngest was Nickie Ball, son of Ace & Grace. Ruth Goodenbury was dinner chairman and chicken was furnished by the committee. The afternoon was spent by relaxing, games & sports. Next years reunion is to be held the first Sunday in Aug. at the Genesee County Park. A collection of $23.71 was taken in...(back) added to $8.00 on hand. Total of $31.71. Sec. - Treas. Rita Tuttobene 69


August 7, 1977 | 34th Annual | Genesee County Park The 35th reunion of the Oren Ball Family was held August 7, 1977 at the Genesee County Park. There were 41 members present and 1 guest. The Meeting was called to order by Ruth Ball, president. The minutes were read by Rita Tuttobene Secretary and Treasurer. New officers elected were Lorraine Brumber, President; Kerry Ball, Vice President; Arthur Kowal, secretary and Treasurer; and Sandy Brennan, dinner chairman. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Stephen R. Middlebrook, 3 week old son of Mr. & Mrs Thomas Middlebrook of Rochester, NY. Dorothy Kowal was the dinner chairman. Meat Loaf was served with salads & bean casserole, rolls, potato chips & soft drinks. Home made pies were furnished by the committee. Two marriages were reported; Thomas & Patty Vona Middlebrook and Arthur & Dorothy Goodenbury Kowal Three births were recorded Stephen Richard Middlebrook, son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Middlebrook of Rochester 7-19-77 Robert James Ball, son of Charles and Darlene... 70


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia ...Ball of Staten Island, January 28, 1977 Jenifer Lynn Gurley, daughter of John and Linda Gurley of Utica September 1976 The treasury held $31.71. Sixteen dollars and Eighty Five cents were paid in expenses. A collection was taken of $23.34. The new Balance on hand is $38.20. The 36th reunion is planned for the second Sunday in June 1978 at the Genesee County Park. A good time was had by all darting between rain drops and slipping in the mud. Susan Roberts won the prize for throwing the rolling pin the farthest (Her husband John gave her incentive by standing at the other end of the throwing area. She almost got him too) The children all played games and the adults played jarts and ball in the mud. Secretary - Treasurer Arthur T. Kowal 71


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June 11, 1978 | 36th Annual | Genesee County Park The 36th reunion of the Oren Ball family was held June 11, 1978 at the Genesee County park. There was 21 members Present. The meeting was called to order by Lorraine Brumber, president. The minutes were read by Arthur Kowal, secretary/Treasurer. New officers elected were Lorraine Brumber, President; Kerry Ball, vice president; Arthur Kowal, secretary/Treasurer; and Ruth Goodenbury, dinner chairman. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Susan Marie Kowal, 3 month old daughter of Mr. & Mrs Arthur Kowal of Batavia. Ruth Goodenbury substituted for Sandy Brennan as dinner chairman. Sliced Polish ham was served with scalloped potatoes, cold slaw, macaroni & potato salad, Baked Beans, goulash, spanish rice, relish tray, Rolls etc. Home made pies were served by the committee. One marriage was reported: Norman & Bonnie Ball Ripstein 8-20-78 One birth was reported: Susan Marie Kowal, daughter of Mr & Mrs Arthur Kowal of Batavia 3-8-78 74


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia The Treasury held $38.20. Expenses were paid in the amount of $20.30. A Collection was taken of $11.75. The new balance on hand is $29.65. The 37th reunion is planned for the second Sunday in June at the Gensee County Park. A fine warm sunny day proved to help make the 36th reunion most enjoyable. Pavilion “A” at the Genesee County Park was roomy, private and aptly shaded. A fine meal put on by Ruth Goodenbury was enjoyed by all. A water balloon catching contest was held. Thomas Middlebrook lost with a big splash. Later Sue Roberts lost even worse in a private contest with her husband John. The Dart throwing contest held by Nancy Horton left many people groaning because they couldn’t even hit the tree let alone the target on the tree. Imogene Stent won the clothes pin capture contest. Except for a few uninvited black flies who bit several people and left large swollen bites a good time was had by all Arthur T. Kowal Secretary / Treasurer

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June 10, 1979 | 37th Annual | Genesee County Park The 37th Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 10, 1979 at the Genesee County park. There was 32 members present and 2 guests. The meeting was called to order by Kerry Ball, Vice President, The minutes were read by Arthur Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer. New officers elected were Kerry Ball, president; Florence Horton, vice president; Arthur Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer; and Ruth Ball & Kathy Ball dinner co-chairman. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Susan Kowal, daughter of Mr & mrs Arthur Kowal of Batavia. Ruth Goodenbury was the dinner chairman. Sliced Ham & Turkey was served with Potatoes, cold slaw, macaroni salad, Baked Beans, Spanish Rice, Relish Tray, Rolls etc. Cake was served as desert. One marriage was reported Timothy and Judianne Ingoglia Middlebrook June 17, 1978 Two births were reported John C. Gurley III May 2, 1979 son of Linda & John Gurley Jr of New Hartford NY. Christopher Ball Feb 21, 1979 Son of Vernon (Acey) & Grace Ball of Batavia NY. 78


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia The Treasury held $29.65. Expenses were paid in the amount of $19.29. A collection was taken of $23.00. The new Balance in hand is $33.36. The 38th reunion is planned for the Second Sunday in June at the Genesee County Park. We had a nice private setting in a shelter surrounded by woods for our 37th reunion. It rained twice but spirits were not dampened. Fred Ball brought a dart ball gun. Dar Ball tried to shoot the post down that the target was on while Dorothy Kowal tried to shoot the whole woods down. A good card game was started while the children went on a scavenger hunt. The women opposed the men in a coin dropping race. Each contestant hobbled with a coin between their knees to a waiting basket. The women won. They hobbled better. A Rumor was heard that at least one pie would be available for dessert at the 38th reunion. Arthur T. Kowal Secretary / Treasurer

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June 1, 1980 | 38th Annual | Genesee County Park The 38th Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 1st, 1980 at the Genesee County park Area “b�. There were 24 Members Present. The meeting was called to order by Kerry Ball, Vice President. The minutes were read by Arthur Kowal, Secretary Treasurer. New officers elected were Florence Horton, President, Imogene Stent - Vice President, Arthur Kowal, -Secretary/Treasurer and Sandy Brennan and Rita Tuttobene - Dinner Committee Co-chairman. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Kenneth Allen Ball, son of Kerry & Kathy Seifert Ball. Ruth Ball and Kathy Ball were the dinner committee co chairman. Sliced ham & scalloped potatoes were served with Baked Beans, macaroni salad, Relish Tray Rolls etc. Pie was served for desert. Three marriages were reported Kerry Ball Jr and mary Confederate Aug 3, 1979 Sal Tuttobene Jr and Louise Sullivan Feb 14, 1980 Connie Tuttebene Ewell and Jim Disalvo May 15, 1980 Two births were reported... 84


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia ...Rebecca Lynn Ripstein 7-29-79 daughter of Norman and Bonnie Ball Ripstein Jr Kenneth Allen Ball 2-3-80 sof of Kerry and Kathleen Siefert Ball one passing was reported Lorraine Ball Brumber Jan 10, 1980 The Treasury held $33.36. Expenses were paid in the amount of $23.10. A collection was taken of $14.50. The new Balance on hand is $24.76. The 39th Reunion is planned for the 1st Sunday in June at the Genesee County Park. We had a lucky day weatherwise for the 38th reunion. It threatened rain but never did. It was quiet and uneventful reunion. After eating, the horseshoes & jarts were flying and the games were held. Arthur T. Kowal Secretary / Treasurer

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June 7, 1981 | 39th Annual | Genesee County Park The 39th Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 7th, 1981 at the Genesee County park Area B. There were 39 Members and two guests present. The meeting was called to order by Florence Horton, President. The minutes were read by Arthur Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer. New officers elected were Imogene Stent, president, Fred Ball, Jr., vice president, Arthur Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer and Mary Ball & Patty Tompkins, dinner committee. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Katrina Marie Thompkins daughter of Patty Tuttobene Thompkins. Sandy Brennan & Rita Tuttobene were the dinner committee. Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Italian sausage and Scalloped potatoes were served with potato, macaroni, fruit, jello and cabbage salad, spanish rice, baked beans, pizza etc. Pie & cake were served for dessert. No Marriages were reported 6 Births were reported Salvatore Joseph Tuttebene III Nov 17, 1980 son of Sal Tuttebene Jr. & Louise Sullivan Tuttebene Jessie Ball Nov, 17, 1980 daughter of Kerry Jr & Mary Confederate Ball 86


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia Jennifer Anne Ripstein Jan 23, 1981 daughter of Norman Ripstein Jr and Bonnie Ball Ripstein Todd Benjamine Middlebrook Nov 16, 1981 son ofThomas & Patty Vona Middlebrook Katrina Marie Thompkins May 20, 1981 daughter of Jim and Patty Tuttebene Thompkins No Passings were reported The Treasury held $24.76. Expenses were paid in the amount of $19.00. A collection was taken of $40.01. The new Balance on hand was $45.77 The 40th Reunion is planned for the 1st Sunday in June at the Genesee County Park A motion was made by Bob Ball and passed that extra money be put into the Treasury and that beer be bought and served at next years reunion. Arthur T. Kowal Sec / Treasurer

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June 6, 1982 | 40th Annual | Genesee County Park The 40th annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 6th, 1982. A cold, wet, rainy day encouraged us to abandon the reserved spot at Genesee County Park Area “B�. Thanks to our president, Imogene Stent, we found warm, dry shelter at her home at 203 West Main Street in Batavia, NY. There were 19 members present. The meeting was called to order by Imogene Stent, President. The minutes were read by Arthur Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer. New officers elected were Fred Ball Jr, President. Don Brumber, vice President, Arthur Kowal Secretary/Treasurer and Nancy Horton and Dorothy Kowal, dinner committee. The oldest Member Present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member Present was Susan Kowal. A delicious dinner of Sliced Ham, cabbage salad, Potato & macaroni salad, jello salad, baked beans, Relish Tray Beverages etc. Pie & Cake were reserved for desert. 2 Marriages were reported Jeffery L. Ball and Barbara E. Slife were wed August 8th, 1981 Vernon Ball and Sandy Hollobough Aug 8th 1981 88


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia 2 Births were reported Channah Helen Ball born Feb 14, 1982 daughter of Charles Jr & Dar Ball Kevin Andrew Ball born Feb 1, 1982 Son of Kerry & Kathleen Ball No passings were reported The Treasury Held $45.77. Expenses were paid in the amount of $37.83. A collection was taken of $17.00. The new balance on hand for 1982 is $24.94 The 41st Family Reunion is scheduled for the first weekend in June at the Genesee County Park. Cold, 52°, Rainey. - a motion was made & seconded that the weatherman be notified in advance of next years reunion to provide us with a warm dry day. A motion was made & seconded that . for convenience sake, since the turnout of members is always uncertain that each family provide there own beer. Respectfully Submitted Arthur T. Kowal Secretary Treasurer 89


June 12, 1983 | 41st Annual | Genesee County Park The 41st annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 12th, 1983 at the Genesee County Park Area “B� - Sertoma Shelter. There were 30 members and 1 guest present. The meeting was called to order by President Fred Ball Jr. The minutes were read by Arthur Kowal Secretary/Treasurer. A motion was made and seconded that all members currently holding office, be reelected to that some office for the following year. The officers re-elected were President Fred Ball Jr, Vice President Donald Brumber, Secretary/Treasurer, Arthur Kowal and Dinner Chairman Nancy Horton and Dorothy Kowal. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Kevin Ball, son of Kerry and Kathy Ball. A delicious dinner of Meat Loaf, Ham slices, Lasagna, Baked beans, Spanish rice, assorted salad, Rolls, Relish Tray, chips, Beverages & Pie was served. one Birth were reported: Christopher Scott Ripstein born March 15, 1983, Son of Norman and Bonnie Ball Ripstein. There were no Marriages or Passings reported. 90


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia The Treasury @ $24.94 balance from 1982. Expenses were paid in the amount of $25.04. A collection was taken of $41.24. The new balance on hand was $41.14. The 42nd Family Reunion is scheduled for the 1st week in June 1984 at the Genesee County Park. The weatherman finally came across with a decent day - warm and Sunny. We all hoped that the 42nd reunion will be as pleasant Respectfully Submitted Arthur T. Kowal Secretary/Treasurer

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June 24, 1984 | 42nd Annual | Genesee County Park The 42nd Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 24th, 1984 at the Genesee County Park Area “A�. There were 27 members and 1 guest present. The meeting was called to order by President Fred Ball Jr. The minutes from the sixth and seventh reunions were read first. The 1983 minutes were read by Arthur Kowal Secretary/Treasurer. New officers elected were Donald Brumber, President; Vernon Ball, Vice President; Arthur Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer; and Sandy Brennan and Sandy Ball, Dinner Co-Chairman. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Charlotte Roberts, 5 month old daughter of John and Sue Roberts. A delicious dinner of cold cuts, salads, beans, spanish rice, ravioli, pickles, chips & beverages. Apple, cherry & Strawberry pies were served for desert. Two births were reported 1) Charlotte Roberts, daughter of Susan (Horton) & John Roberts January 18, 1984 2) Jason James Disalvo, son of James & Connie (Tuttobene) DiSalvo. There were no marriages or passings reported. The Treasury held a balance of $41.14 from 1983. Expenses were paid in the amount of $35.82. A... 92


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia ...collection of $22.01 was taken. The new balance on hand is $27.33. The 43rd Family Reunion is scheduled for the 1st week in June 1985 at the Genesee County Park. Almost torrential downpours the previous night and most of the morning left Area “A” soggy. But the brightening of the sky in the west gave us hope to give it a try anyway. We lucked out and spent a warm, breezy and sometimes sunny afternoon. Soon after we left the sky darkened and it rained again. It was Dorothy Kowal’s good luck to be having her birthday the same day as the reunion. A cake had been baked & decorated for the occasion and everyone sang her a happy birthday wish. We were met by an abandoned pooch of unknown ancestry who was temporarily nicknamed “Rover”. he remained the entire afternoon amidst numerous invitations to leave. By the end of the afternoon he had submitted over a dozen applications for membership to the Ball Family, all of which were turned down. He was left sitting with sad brown eyes at the end of the afternoon. He didn’t even receive an invitation to the 43rd reunion. Respectfully Submitted Arthur T. Kowal Secretary/Treasurer 93


June 23, 1985 | 43rd Annual | Genesee County Park The 43rd Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Sunday, June 23rd, 1985 at the Genesee County Park Area “A�. There were 25 members and 1 guest present. The meeting was called to order by President Donald Brumber. The minutes from earlier reunions were read first. Then the 1984 minutes were read by Ruth Ball for Secretary Treasurer Arthur Kowal who was down with strep throat. New officers elected were: Vernon Ball - President, Sue Roberts - Vice President, Art Kowal Secretary, Treasurer, and Ruth Ball and Imogene Stent - Dinner committee co chairman. The oldest member present was Donald Brumber. The youngest member present was Charlotte Roberts. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers were served along with scalloped potatoes, Spanish Rice, macaroni and potato salads, cabbage salad, Baked Beans a relish tray & chips. Pies were served for desert. No births or passings were reported. Two marriages were reported: Debbie Ball and Gary Lane - March 8, 1985 Vincent Ball married Nina April 13, 1985 in orange city, Florida. 94


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia The treasury held a balance of 27.33 from 1984. Expenses were paid in the amount of $62.42. A collection of $40.84 taken. The new Balance for Forward for the future is $5.75. The 44th annual Reunion is scheduled for the 3rd Saturday in June at the Genesee County Park. A letter was read from Charles Ball Jr requesting a change of the day that the reunion is held on from Sunday to Saturday. A vote was taken and the proposal was passed. A good time was had by all. Respectfully Submitted Arthur T. Kowal Secretary-Treasurer Members: Present

Don Brumber, Ruth Goodenbury, Russell, Imogen, Stan and Mary Anne Stent, Dorothy and Susan Kowal, Bob & Ruth Ball, Alfred, Florence and Nancy Horton, John, Sue and Charlotte Roberts, Sandy, Neil Jr, and Greg Brennan, Susan Goff, Vernon (Acy), Sandy, Acey, Nicholas and Christopher Ball.

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June 7, 1986 | 44th Annual | Genesee County Park The 44th Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Saturday June 7th, 1986 at the Genesee County Park Area “A�. There were 26 members Present. The meeting was called to order by Vernon Ball, President. The minutes from earlier Reunions were first read. Then the 1985 minutes were read by secretary/Treasurer Art. Kowal. New officers elected were Sue Roberts, President; Dorothy Kowal, Vice President; Art. Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer; Florence and Nancy Horton, Dinner Committee. The oldest member present was Ruth Goodenbury. The youngest member present was Christopher Ball - Age 7. Ham was served along with scalloped potatoes, macarroni potatoes Green salads, baked beans, relishes, chips, rolls, riggattoni, turkey, jello, pie and cake. Three births were reported Gregory Sabastian Lane was born Sept. 11, 1985. He is the sone of Debbie (Ball) Lane & Gary Lane. Vincent Ball & Nina (Hoiesal) Ball had a little girl, Ashley Brooke Ball on Dec 2, 1985. Also joining the family is Kory Adam, son of Patty Tuttobene. No marriages or passings were reported. 96


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia The treasury held a balance of $5.75. A collection of $24.80 was taken and expenses of $9.55 were incurred. The balance Forward for 1987 is $21.00 The 45th Annual Reunion is scheduled for a Saturday in the month of June at the Genesee County Park. The weather was very changeable the day of the reunion. There was some sun, some overcast, some sprinkles and very humid. But it did not dampen the spirits of those attending as a good time was had by all. Respectfully Arthur T. Kowal Secretary-Treasurer Members: Present

Sandy Brennan, Neil Jr. Vernon (Acy) Ball, Sandy, Acy, Nicholas and Christopher Fred Ball and Oddessa Florence & Nancy Horton Russ, Imogene Stent and Mary Ann

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June 20, 1987 | 45th Annual | Genesee County Park The 45th Annual Oren Ball Family Reunion was held Saturday June 20th, 1987 at the Genesee County Park Area “A�. There were 15 Members Present. The meeting was called to order by Sue Roberts, President. The minutes from earlier Reunions were read first. Then the 1986 minutes were read by secretary/Treasurer Art. Kowal. New officers elected were Dorothy Kowal, President; Imogene Stent, Vice President; Art. Kowal, Secretary/Treasurer; Sue & John Roberts, Dinner Committee. The oldest member present was Ruth Goodenbury. The youngest member present was Jack Roberts, infant son of Sue & John Roberts. Ham was served along with scalloped potatoes, macronni, potatoe & green salads, baked beans, relishes, chips, rolls, spanish rice, jello, pie & cake. Two births were reported: John Philip Roberts was born November 8, 1986. He is the son of Sue & John Roberts. Melissa Marie Ball was born March 11, 1987. She is the daughter of Jeff & Gina Ball. Two marriages were reported: Donald Brumber and Rita Bristol were married 12-27-86 98


August 20, 1967 | 33rd Annual | Williams Park, Batavia Jeff Ball & Gina ___________ were married __/__/__ No passings were reported. The Treasury held a balance of $21.00. A collection of $15.34 was taken and expenses were incurred of $31.19. The Balance forward for 1988 is $5.15. Plans for the 46th Annual Reunion will be announced at a future date. The weather was threatening before noon but slowly cleared up as the afternoon progressed. A good time was had by all. Respectfully Arthur T. Kowal Secretary-Treasurer Members: Present

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1994 | 60th Annual | Genesee County Park The 60th Reunion of the Oren D. Ball family was held Sunday July 3rd at Genesee County Park. The Pavilion was decorated in the spirit of the Holiday, Red, White and Blue. After dinner a short meeting was held by Doris Ball Middlebrook, President. The minutes of the first reunion held on July 4, 1934 were read by Bob Ball who was Secretary at that time. The Family consisted of 14 members in 1934. Compared to 85 members at this reunion. Six of the original members were in attendance Ruth Ball Goodenbury, Batavia Robert S. Ball, Alexander & FRED BALL Florence Ball Horton, Rochester (BYRON) Doris Ball Middlebrook, Batavia Charles D. Ball - Saratoga Springs The oldest present was Ruth Goodenbury (83) and the youngest Maria Brennen (5 mo.). Some statistics of the past reunions was read by Ruthie Ball and Amusing incidents by Doris Middlebrook. Members were present from Virginia, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New York. Hand crafted items made by family members were awarded. Many games were enjoyed by all in the Park. The day came to an end too soon for everyone. The next reunion will be held in five years. Sec. Bob Ball

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1999 | 65th Annual | Genesee County Park On a very warm July 3, 1999, the 65th reunion of the Oren Ball Family was held at the Genesee County Park in East Bethany, N.Y. President, Doris Middlebrook welcomed everyone and then turned the meeting over to her son Tim. He then read the minutes of the first Family Reunion which was held July 3, 1934 at the home of Fred and Minnie ball on South Main St. in Batavia. He then read the minutes of the previous “get together� on July 3rd, 1994. A total of 44 members were present at this 65th reunion which honored our oldest member, Ruth Goodenbury and the youngest, Paige Summer Brennan. Each one was presented a gift. Our newest members born before this meeting are: Paige Summer Brennan born March 7th, 1994 Chelsea Marie Jensen born May 28th, 1996 (Edit: February 4th, 1998) Hope Marie Goodenbury born Jan. 1999 On a sad note, we have lost four of our members since the previous reunion in 1994. Robert Ball - Dixie Ball Gumaer, Sal Tuttobene and Alfred Horton A moment of silent prayer was held in their memory. No marriages were recorded at this time. After this games for all were played and prizes were given that were donated by each family attending. Also all children under 16 years of age were allowed to choose a gift for themselves that were donated by some of the attending families. As usual the food was delicious and thanks to all who participated. A great time was had by all and it was agreed to have another reunion in five years which will be 2004

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July 11, 2009 | 70th Annual | Churchville Park The 75th Ball Family Reunion was held in the Fairview Shelter in Churchville Park, Churchville, NY, on July 11, 2009. There were 38 family members in attendance. The festivities got off to a soggy start, with persistent rain showers and a leaky roof. A couple of well-placed tarps, the swift removal of the food table from under the leaks, and a golf umbrella over the grill, kept both people and food dry. Dinner was served at 1:00 PM, which included hot dogs and hamburgers, a wide variety of salads, baked beans, spanish rice, fresh fruit, and a sheet cake decorated with a reunion photo from the 1960s. After dinner the rain finally stopped --just in time for many of us to get drenched playing Linda Ball Gurley’s water balloon toss. Our math skills were challenged by several jars of candy; our lungs were tested in a bubble gum blowing contest; and our memories were stretched to the limit by Susan Kowal’s family birthdate game, as well as Nancy Horton’s baby picture guessing game. The kids were challenged as well by a particularly sturdy unicorn piñata provided by Connie and Jim. Prizes were given to the oldest (present), Florence Ball Horton, and the youngest, Kaitlin Schwartz. A short business meeting was conducted by President Tim Middlebrook. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Susan Roberts. Officers were re-instated with Tim Middlebrook, President, Jeff Ball, Vice President, and Susan Roberts, Secretary. Births, marriages, and deaths were recorded as follows: See attached sheet). The reunion ended all too quickly at about 4:00 PM. Signed, 105


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(Girl) George Goodenbury

11/5/35

Robert Ball

(Girl) George Goodenbury

36 or 37

Ruth Terry

(Rita Marie Ball?) Fred Ball

1937

Dick Middlebrook

(Gordon Ball) Fred Ball

5/39

Doris Ball

Kerry Ball

1/1/42

Florence Ball

Dixie Ball

1/43

Alfred Horton

Dorothy Goodenbury

6/45

Claruth

Sandra Shirlene Ball

1947

Fred Ball

Donna Noreen Brumber

47 or 48

Lee

Trudy Dawn Ball

6/4/48

Charles Ball

Bonnie Jean Ball

48 or 49

Tommy Middlebrook

48 or 49

Sal Tuttobene

Vernon Ashel Ball

9/26/51

Sharon Downey

Susan Elisabeth Horton

51 or 52

Kerry Ball

Christine Ball

11/9/53

Sandy Ball

Linda Ball

2/4/54

Dave Goff

Rita Ball

Sal Tuttobene Jr.

11/1/54

Sandra Ball

Patricia Ball

54 or 55

Neil Brennan

Connie Tuttobene

12/23/55 Vernon (Ace) Ball

Timmy

55 or 56

Grace Wapniewski

Ricky

55 or 56

Linda Ball

Kenny

55 or 56

John Gurley

Vincent Clark Ball

9/30/56

Tom Middlebrook

Gregory Paul Goodenbury

57 or 58

Sue Hreiner

Jeffrey Lyn Ball

57 or 58

Charles Ball

Nancy Jeanne Horton

57 or 58

Darlena Rollston

Christopher John Goodenbury

58 or 59

Connie Tuttobene

Kerry Aro Ball

9/13/58

Randy Ewell

Sarah Patricia Tuttobene

5/9/58

Sue Horton

Deborah Ann Ball

59 or 60

John Roberts

Lauri Ann Goodenbury

61 or 62

Kerry Ball

Melissa Lee Ball

61 or 62

Kathy Siefert

Deborah Sue Ball

61 or 62

Arthur Kowal

Jeanne Lynn Ball

62 or 63

Dorothy Goodenbury

1964

Thomas Middlebrook

David Goff Jr. Susan Lynn Goff

10/10/64 Patty Vona

Laurie Ann Goodenburry

1965

Norman C. Ripstein Jr.

Melissa Ball

1965

Bonnie Jean Ball

Julie Ann Tuttobene Karlyne Ball

5/3/66 1966

Kerry Ball Jr. Mary Konfederath

Barbara Tuttobene

1/31/68

Sal Tuttobene Jr.

Gregory Brennan

9/28/68

Louise Sullivan

Stanley Stent

4/2/69

Connie Tuttobene Ewell

Mary Ann Stent

3/23/72

Jim DiSalvo

Neil Brennan

3/23/72

Jeffrey L. Ball Barbara E. Slife

Year 40 or 41 46 or 47 48 or 49 49 or 50 49 or 50 2/6/54 57 or 58 63 or 64

Deaths

Year

Trudy Dawn Ball

10/24/49

Donna Brumber

3/3/63

Fred Hume Ball Sr.

4/11/66

Minnie Mildred Ball

6/23/69

Oren D. Ball

9/20/69

Charlotte Ball

6/30/72

Gordon D. Ball

8/6/73

Kenneth Goodenbury

10/19/74

George Goodenbury

1/27/75

Lorraine Ball Brumber

1/10/80

Salvatore J. Tuttobene Sr.

5/28/96

Fred H. Ball Jr.

3/17/05

Salvatore J. Tuttobene Jr.

11/4/07

Kerry Aro Ball Jr.

4/10/12

Kerry Aro Ball Sr.

4/17/13

Vernon Ashel Ball

2/27/15

11/16/68 6/26/71 6/30/73 8/4/73 8/18/73 9/22/73 3/2/74 6/15/74 5/14/77 6/77 8/20/77 8/3/79 2/14/80 5/15/80 8/8/81 Continued >

107


Births

Year

Marriages

Vernon Ball II

8/3/72

Vernon Ball

Lisa Ewell

2/12/74

Sandy Hollobough

Nickolas Ball

9/21/75

Debbie Ball

Charles Ball III

9/21/75

Gary Lane

Jennifer Lynn Gurley

9/76

Vincent Ball

Robert James Ball

1/77

Nina Hoiesal

Stephen R. Middlebrook

7/19/77

Donald Brumber

Susan Marie Kowal

3/8/78

Rita Bristol

Rebecca Lynn Ripstein

7/29/79

Jeff Ball

Kenneth Allen Ball

2/3/80

Gina

Jessie Ball

11/17/80 MaryAnn Stent

Salvatore Joseph Tuttebene III 11/18/80 Dan Schwartz Jennifer Anne Ripstein

1/23/81

Katrina Rassel

Katrina Marie Thompkins

5/20/81

Jeremy

Todd Benjamine Middlebrook 11/16/81 Tom Middlebrook Kevin Andrew Ball

2/1/82

Susan Oehlbeck

Channah Helen Ball

2/14/82

Stanley Stent

Christopher Scott Ripstein

3/15/83

Heather Hopkins

Charlotte Roberts

1/18/84

Robert James Ball

Jason James DiSalvo

2/9/84

Erin Smith

Gregory Sabastian Lane

9/11/85

Channah Helen Ball

Ashley Brooke Ball

12/2/85

Tyler Reed Hanberg

Kory Adam Doyle

1/28/86

Naomi Ruth Ball

John Philip Roberts

11/8/86

Ben Oran Whitcomb

Melissa Marie Ball

3/11/87

Chelsea Marie Jensen

2/4/98

Laura Marie Lepkowski

5/9/03

Michael Christopher Lepkowski

5/19/04

Sheena Ball

11/16/04

Evan John Langdon

7/4/06

Kaitlyn Marie Swartz

4/12/07

Johnny Ball

5/6/07

Ava Middlebrook

9/11/07

Kaden James Vandergroef-Lane

2/10/08

108

Year 8/8/81 3/8/85 4/13/85 12/27/86

6/15/02 6/24/04 11/16/05 6/17/06 10/20/07 5/17/08 5/24/09

Deaths

Year


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