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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ness of heart and disposition to be helpful to others.
He came to be the possessor of much wealth, which,
however, he sought to use in such a manner as to
accomplish the most good for himself and his fellowmen.
The year preceding his death, lie donated
fifty thousand dollars for the erection of a building
in Galveston for public school purposes, to which
donation, while the building was in course of construction,
he added $20,000.00 more. This building
was barely finished when his life drew to a
close, at 1: 15 o'clock on the mornina of March
The following letter of acknowledgment was
addressed to him by the trustees of the city public
free schools, through their secretary:"OFFICE
"GALVESTON, TEXAS, June 9th, 1883. j
"GEORGE BALL, Esq., Galveston, Texas:
" Dear Sir
I have the honor to inform you that
at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of
the Public Free Schools of the city of Galveston,
held June 7th, 1883, Col. W. B. Denson offered
the following resolution, which was adopted by a
unanimous vote, viz.:
"' Resolved, by the Board of Trustees, that we
have received notification of the generous and magnificent
donation of our fellow-townsman, George
Ball, in donating $50,000.00 to be used in the
erection of a public school building in the city of
Galveston, and, as the representatives of the public
free schools of this city, we tender him our
sincere and profound gratitude and we bespeak for
this broad philanthropy of Mr. Ball the commendation
of a grateful people.'
" I have the honor to further inform you that at
the same meeting of the Board of School Trustees,
on motion of Col. Denson, the action of the City
Council in leaving the construction of the building
aforesaid to your direction and supervision was
indorsed by the Board.
FOSTER ROSE, Secy."
His will provided funds in trust, for other charites,
the chief of which was a fund of $50,000.00
to aid the poor of the city. Mr. Ball was buried
March 4th, 1884, with all the honors a grateful
people could confer upon the memory of one so
The following is an extract from an editorial that
appeared in the columns of the Galveston Daily
News of the morning of March 15th, 1884:"
In all the history of Galveston there has never
been a more spontaneous and frevent manifestation
of sorrow at the death of a member of the community
than that which was given yesterday upon the
funeral of Mr. George Ball. The city wore a
Sunday-like appearance and, except that the scores
of flags that were at half-mast told their own story
of the sorrow of the community, a comer to the
city would have wondered at the quiet that prevailed.
At 12 o'clock the Cotton Exchange and
banks closed for the day, and between that hour
and three o'clock a large number of stores closed
their doors. During the day numerous tender gifts
of flowers were sent to the residence, many of
them elegant and elaborate. Among the handsome
floral tributes each district school sent a gift, while
the children of the Grammar school contributed a
number of beautiful crosses, crowns and wreaths
into which were wrought the initials G. B. Very
handsome and artistic floral offerings were sent by
Mrs. Kopperl, Mrs. Adoue, Mrs. George Sealy,
Capt. Bolger, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Willis, Mrs. A.
G. Mills, Miss Sorley, the Ladies Aid Society and
Miss Garley. One of the tenderest tributes was
brought by a little girl, who went to the door of the
residence and offered a little cross, saying, ' Please
put this on the coffin; it is the best I could do.'
The little giver can rest assured that her offering
of love was given a place upon the casket. The
funeral services were held at three o'clock, but long
before that hour citizens of high and low estate,
old and young, white and black, had begun to
gather at the residence. The body, inclosed in a
handsome casket, rested in the drawing room, where
it was viewed by hundreds. Those who knew Mr.
Ball in life, could not help noting the naturalness
which marked the features in death. The face
wore a look of calm, placid rest, as though Mr.
Ball hltd ' wrapped the mantle of his couch about
him and laid down to pleasant dreams.'
"The funeral services, which were held at the
house, were conducted by the Reverend Mr. Scott,
of the Presbyterian Church. After reading, by
special request, the beautiful and impressive service
of the Episcopal Church, Mr. Scott continued and
It needs not, dear friends, that I speak with
you to-day of him who is no longer with us, nor
would it be consonant with the feelings and wishes
of those most dearly concerned that I should do
so. The deepest and truest grief always courts
silence and retirement. His life was spent in your
midst; his record is before you, as a man,
a citizen, a philanthropist, a benefactor, he
is known to you all; and I see in this vast throng,
here assembled, representing all classes and
orders among us, a clear evidence that our whole
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