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John Wesley "Wes" Ball
Male 1888 - 1916


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  • Birth  9 Oct 1888  Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1911  Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Operator - Telephone 
    Religion  1911  Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Presbyterian 
    Misfortune  30 Mar 1916  Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    killed by accidental electric shock 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-194849 
    Died  30 Mar 1916  Drumbo, Oxford Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Cause: Cause: Accidental Electrical Shock 
    Buried  2 Apr 1916  Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I194849  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  Osborne Thomas Ball,   b. 21 Apr 1862, Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1943, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jennifer Almera Varcoe,   b. 4 Dec 1862, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1964, Paris, Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Feb 1884  Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F186685  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Terribly Sad Occurrence
      John Wesley Ball of Ayr Electrocuted at Drumbo Power House

      This community was sensibly shocked on Thursday last when it was announced over the wires that John Wesley Ball, a popular young electrician in the joint employ of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission and the Corporation of Ayr, had been electrocuted at the Drumbo Power House. It appears that "Wes," as young Ball was known among his companions, had been sent out to hunt up the cause of some trouble on the line. His investigations led him to enter the power house at Drumbo. Here he proceeded to adjust some fuses and was instantly enveloped in a sheet of flame, his body falling over a live wire.

      His companion, Mr. W. G. Barr, who is in charge of the Drumbo power house, at once seized a pole and shoved the body off the wire. Life, however, was extinct. He was burned on the calf and thigh of the left leg and on the right foot and the right arm. The hair was also burned from one side of his head. A doctor was called but nothing could be done and an inquest was not deemed necessary. The mortal remains of the unfortunate young man, who was in his 29th year, were brought to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Ball, Swan St., on Friday afternoon, burial being made in the Ayr cemetery on Sunday. The funeral was very largely attended, the whole country side showing their esteem of the deceased and their sympathy for the bereaved by attending en masse. Rev. J. J. Brown conducted the services, in which he was assisted by Rev. Dr. Thomson. The pall bearers were - Messrs. C. Falconer, W. [illegible], R. Mueder, A. Ball [?], O. Ball, [illegible].1a

      1aAyr News, April 6, 1916

  • Sources 
    1. [S1282] Census - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - 1911, pg 1.

    2. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 25344 (1916), John Wesley Bell..

    3. [S367] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Ayr - Ayr Public CC#4489 Internet Link .
      [veteran's poppy] Ball/ Osborne Thomas Ball/ born April 21, 1862/ died Jan. 7, 1943/ his wife/ Jennifer A. Varcoe/ In Her 102nd year/ born Dec. 4, 1862/ died Aug. 28, 1964/ John Wesley Ball/ born Oct. 9, 1888/ died Mar. 30, 1916

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 9 Oct 1888 - Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Operator - Telephone - 1911 - Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed by accidental electric shock - 30 Mar 1916 - Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co. Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Accidental Electrical Shock - 30 Mar 1916 - Drumbo, Oxford Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Apr 1916 - Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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