gomery Orville Wright, who founded there an
his home in Montgomery, Ala., on July 31, 1942, air field that later became Maxwell Field.
As a lawyer Brother Ball won national fame
at the age of 76. Brother Ball's name was one of
the outstanding ones in A through the in the celebrated Alonzo Bailey case, in which
decade of the '90s. An early initiate of Ohio Zeta the U. S. Supreme Court held invalid an Alabama statute giving an employer or landlord the
right to compel a tenant or laborer to perform
services under a written contract under pain of
criminal prosecution, which, it held, amounted
Surviving Brother Ball are three sons, all members of 4> A 0, who are now active in the law
firm founded by their -father. They are Fred
Samuel Ball, Jr., Alabama '18; Charles Arthur
Ball, Alabama '24; and Richard Anledge Ball,
Washington and Lee, '27.
FRED SAMUEL BALL, SR., Ohio State '88, died at
'27, was killed in the crash of the flying boat
Yankee Clipper at Lisbori, Portgual, Monday,
February 22. A veteran foreign correspondent "at
39, Brother Robertson was proceeding abroad
on his first foreign assignment for the New York
Herald Tribune when he met his death. A total
of 24 died in the crash of the giant plane.
Robertson's career, despite his youthfulness,
had been a fascinating one, and he had roamed
the earth in search of the stories that he transmitted to the several newspapers for which he
worked. As a correspondent for PM he saw the
1940 German aerial blitz against England and
FRED S. BALL, SR., Ohio State '88
later was sent to Egypt and Russia. In October
Former Treasurer of General Council.
of last year he went to India for PM and the
Chicago Sun. On his return he became associated
chapter after its chartering, he was made a prov- with the Herald Tribune where he had worked
on the city staff from 1929 to 1934.
ince president at the 1889 convention in Bloomington, 111., and was reappointed to the same
A graduate of Clemson College, Brother Roboffice at the 1891 Atlanta convention. In recogniertson also won a degree in journalism at the
tion of his valuable work for the Fraternity he was
University of Missouri at which time he became
elected treasurer of the General Council at the affiliated with A 9. Immediately upon gradu!
Indianapolis convention in 1896, serving through
ation he set out for Hawaii where he obtained
two terms. Brother Ball was present at the semi- his first newspaper job on the Honolulu Starcentennial convention at Columbus, Ohio, in
Bulletin. In 1928 he left Hawaii and traveled
1898, and at the notable banquet held in conthrough Borneo and India, settling down for a
nection with that meeting, responded to the
time as a clerk iii the American consiilate at
toast, "Phi Delta Theta in 1948."
Surabaya, Java. Later in the year he went on
to Adelaide, Australia, where for a year he
Mr. Ball was one of Alabama's best known
worked on the news desk of the.Adelaide News.
lawyers. As a senior member of the law firm of
Ball and Ball he practiced in Montgomery for
In spite of his having traveled to the ends of
more than half a century. He was director of
the earth Ben Robertson was a Carolinian, and
several leading business firms, a member of the Carolina, its traditions and problems, remained
National Council of the Y.M.C.A., and a director
uppermost among his interests. His first book,
of the Montgomery Y.M.C.A. to which he de- Travelers' Rest, published in 1938, was a fictional
voted much time. He was president of the Monthistory based on records of the Robertsons and
gomery Commercial club, predecessor to the their kin-folks. His last book. Red Hills and
Chamber of Commerce, 1909-10, and in that
Cotton (see page 268), published last year, was
capacity was instrumental in bringing to Monta nostalgic recounting of the histbry of the Rob