James H. Ball, son of Demos and Margaret H. Ball, was born in Rush County, Indiana, November 29, 1858, and was married at Carthage, Rush County, October 30, 1899, to Carrie M., daughter of Oliver P. and Florence Overman.
The six children born to them are named Myron O., Donald D., James R., Harold H., Cedric O., and Florence H.
The Methodist Episcopal is the church of their choice. Mr. Ball was educated in the local county schools. He is a man of varied business interests, carrying on. In addition to general farming, the breeding and raising of thoroughbred Shorthorn cattle and Poland-China hogs, and an extensive trade as grain merchant. He is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Maccabees lodges.
Mr. Ball was born on his father's farm in Jackson township. At the death of his parents he made his home with his uncle, C. A. Ball, of Posey township until reaching his majority and then engaged in farming. In October, 1891, he removed to Carthage and two years later to Rushville. Since 1895 he has been a member of the firm of Ball & Ball, grain and seed buyers, at Rushville. He has a beautiful home about a mile north of the city.