Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOSEPH LIGHTFOOT BALL, having retired from farming, is a business man residing in Harrington, Washington, and one of the leading citizens of Lincoln county.  Born December 26, 1844, in Jefferson county, Ohio, he was the son of Colonel Joseph L. Ball, a prominent military man, native to Virginia.  The father was an early settler of Jefferson county, Ohio, and in young manhood was commissioned colonel of State Militia, which commission he held up to the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, but was of too great age to go to the front with his command.  He died in the county of his adoption, aged seventy-five years, in 1872.  For eighteen years during his residence in Ohio he held the position of justice of the peace.  Our subject's mother was Mary (Cameron) Ball, also a native Virginian, and died many years ago.  It may be of interest here to state that the Ball family is descended from the family of the mother of George Washington.
     Mr. Ball has had five brothers and two sisters, as follows; John C., an attorney, who died in California during the spring of 1903; James, in Jefferson county, Ohio; Castello, also an attorney and deceased; Jasper F., of Jefferson county; Byron, an attorney of Woodland, California; Mrs. Lucinda Cameron, of Harrington; and Mrs. Esther Steward, deceased.
     Joseph L. Ball was reared on a farm.  He received a good common school education, and in the spring of 1869 came to California with the first train ever run over the Union and Central Pacific railroad.  After three years spent in working at various occupations in Yolo county he engaged in farming in Colusa county, and was there married on October 14, 1882, to Mrs. Theresa (Cook) Swan, a native of Bristol, Kendall county, Illinois.
     Mrs. Ball's father, Peter Cook, was born on the Monmouth (New Jersey) battle ground, in 1818, and was a descendant from Aneka Jans, who was a granddaughter of the king of Holland.  Aneka Jans settled at New Amsterdam, now New York in an early day.  Both of Mrs. Ball's grandfathers were soldiers in the Revolutionary War.  Her great-grandfathers' names were Amor Cook and Isaac Morris, the latter a relative of Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Mrs. Ball's mother was Theresa (Haggerty) Cook, also a native of Monmouth, and died in Olympia, Washington, in 1894, aged seventy-seven, after having lived with her husband fifty-seven years.  Mrs. Cook's mother was Susan Howland, the wife of Asher Haggerty, and lived to be seventy-four years of age.  Mrs. Mary Taylor, the mother of A. Haggerty, died near Monmouth, New Jersey, aged ninety-four.  Mrs. Ball's father crossed the plains in 1850, returned, and brought his family across in a wagon in 1861, to Carson City, Nevada, and came from that city to Eldorado, California.  The father arrived at Chicago in 1837, located on Fox river, fifty miles west of where Chicago now stands, and it was for his family that Cook county, Illinois, was named.  He came to Washington first in 1867, locating at Tacoma.  In 1894 he came to Lincoln county and is now living with the subject of this sketch.
     Mr. and Mrs. Ball came to Lincoln county by way of San Francisco and Tacoma, purchased eight hundred and forty acres of unimproved land and engaged in farming.  Mr. Ball has now thirteen hundred and twenty acres all under cultivation and well improved, lying two and one-half miles southwest from Harrington.  He rented his land in 1902, removed to Harrington, where he has a fine home, and engaged in partnership with F. A. Hoes in the retail lumber, paint and oil business.  He came to the county with limited means and is now, as may be judged from the amount of valuable property he owns, in circumstances bordering upon wealth.  He has one adopted son, Thomas S. Ball.
      Mr. Ball was made a Mason thirty-five years ago, and both he and Mrs. Ball are members of the Eastern Star fraternity.