SASKATCHEWAN AND ITS PEOPLE



         
AUGUSTUS H. BALL.
Augustus H. Ball has occupied the position of Deputy Minister of Education for the province of Saskatchewan continuously since 1912, save for the period of his service in the World war. He was born in London, England, on the 29th of January, 1873, a son of Ralph and Hannah (Wilde) Ball, who spent their lives in that country. The father served as postmaster of a London subdistrict for a number of years but spent his last days in honorable retirement. He was a member of the Church of England and a Liberal in politics. To him and his wife were born thirteen children, nine of whom survive. Augustus H. Ball, who was the seventh in order of birth in the fam- ily, obtained his early education in the Haberdashers' school of his native city. After emigrating to the New World he continued his studies in Manitoba University, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1895, while ten years later the same institution con- ferred upon him the degrees of M. A. and LL. B. Following his gradua- tion in 1895 he began lecturing in classics at Manitoba College but in 1897 came to Saskatchewan and took up the profession of teaching near Fort Qu'Appelle, Assiniboia. Subsequently he served as school principal at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, until 1901, in which year he was made principal at Moose Jaw, this province, thus continuing until 1903. In the latter year he was appointed inspector of schools, with headquarters at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and ably discharged the duties of that position until 1911, when he was appointed assistant principal of the Regina Nor- mal School. It was in the following year that he received appointment as deputy Minister of Education, in which capacity he has continued and has made a most creditable and commendable record. In October, 1916, he enlisted for overseas service as a member of the Two Hundred and Forty-ninth Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, with which he did duty until April, 1918, leaving the army with the rank of captain. Upon his return horne in the latter year he resumed his work in the de- partment of education. In 1915 the Duke of Connaught appointed Mr. Ball first provincial commissioner of Boy Scouts, which office he filled most acceptably until 1922. He was a member of the executive committee of the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Red Cross Society for several years and was the first chairman of the Junior Red Cross committee for the relief of crippled children. During the period of the World war he organized the schools' patriotic fund, the Belgian Children's Relief fund and the schools' Red Cross fund, through which organizations large sums of money were contributed for patriotic purposes. Mr. Ball was the secretary of the Territorial Teachers' Association, which was organized in 1898, and been actively connected with educational work in this province for more than a quarter of a century. Bibliography follows:


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