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Biography of Charles M. Ball

Charles M. Ball. While every type of business man must possess certain qualities to ensure success in his enterprises, those indispenable to the banker rest along such high lines that his position in a community is comparable to no other in importance. As a bank represents the most conservative of all institutions, the honest banker is conservative, thereby safeguarding the interests entrusted to his care. Such bankers are invaluable protectors of the public as well as of the private individual. The steadying influence of a conservative banker has often proved a bulwark to a business community in time of real or anticipated panic. The long financial career of Charles M. Ball, president of the Conlen National Bank, at Coffeyville, Kansas, has given him a wide banking experience. Charles M. Ball was born at Rochester, in Fulton County, Indiana, November 25, 1865, and is a son of Aaron and Celestina Ball, the latter of whom was born at Akron, Indiana, in 1847 and is a resident of Oswego, Kansas. Aaron Ball was born at Akron, Indiana, in 1842, and died in 1895, at Oswego, Kansas. He came to Kansas in 1879, shortly afterward became engaged in farming and stockraising in Labette County, continuing until the close of his life. On numerous occasions he served in town offices at Oswego. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a man whose deeds justified such connection. In fraternal life he was identified with the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America. His six children are as follows: Flora, who became the wife of David Jennings, a banker at Oswego,...

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