Ball, Clyde L.

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Clyde L. Ball


Clyde Lawrence Ball was born May 14, 1888 on the family farm on the present site of the Altamont Reservoir, he was the son of Charles Eugene Ball and Minnie Bell Onderdonk.


Clyde went from the local school to Altamont High School and took teaching training in Middleburgh. He earned his teaching certificate on July 23, 1907. Correspondent courses and summer sessions at Albany State Teachers College, now the State Univesity of New York at Albany, kept him up to date in his profession.


He taught in one room schools - including the Switzkill School near his home - and was part of the beginning staff when the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School was started in 1932. He completed nearly 40 years of teaching when he retired in 1946. After teaching school, Clyde became an Automobile Insurance Agent. After 30 years in the insurance business, he retired from that at age 90, when his eyesight failed.

Marriage & Children

Clyde married Alta Mae Sholtes, June 1, 1911 at her family home, on Rock Road, Knox which is now the Nickolus Tommell residence. They had two daughters:


Clyde was involved in many organizations, he was a record keeper for Berne Tent 770, Knights of the Maccabees, a member of the Berne Masonic Lodge 684, F&AM , which honored their 60 year past master in 1983, a member of Foxenkill Grange 1579, PoH, a charter member of the Berne Historical Society, secretary of the Berne Fire Commission and director of the Woodlawn Cemetery Association, Inc.. He was also an 80-year member of the National Geographic Society, a member of the [National Retired Teachers Association] and [Farm Extension Services]. He served as town clerk while he lived in the village and later served several terms as justice of the peace. He worked for the draft board in World War I and the rationing board in World War II and as an airplane spotter when needed. Clyde was the treasurer of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Berne for 50 years.


Clyde died 10 MAR 1991. Funeral services were held at the Berne Reformed Church, with Rev. Robert Hoffman, officiating. Clyde was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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