State Legion Convention Plans Reported Changed


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State Legion Convention Plans Reported Changed

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State Legion Convention Plans Reported Changed


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A newspaper article published in The Tampa Tribune on March 11, 1933. The article, entitled "State Legion Convention Plans Reported Changed," reported that James Norman Ball (1890-1940), commander of Leslie Collier post of the American Legion in Sebring, Florida, had been informed of a change in plans regarding where the group's Florida convention would be held.

James Norman Ball was born in College Park, New York. After the death of his mother in 1899, Ball lived in an orphanage in Paterson, New Jersey. He eventually lived in the home of William and Sarah Speer in Paterson, where he worked as a stenographer by 1910. Soon after, Ball moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he met and married Irene Elizabeth O’Hagan on June 21, 1914. During World War I, the Army inducted Ball on April 13, 1918, as he served at Army School of Aerial Photography in Rochester, New York. Aerial photography had become an important new tool for gathering military intelligence. Ball remained in Rochester during the duration of the war and afterwards until his honorable discharge on January 1, 1919. After the war, Ball returned to Florida, where he and his wife Irene raised three children: William Edward Ball, Irene Marguerite Ball, and James Thomas Ball. The Ball family eventually moved to Sebring, Barstow and Tampa, Florida, where James was active in the American Legion, the local Elks Lodge, and the Forty and Eight organizations. Ball died on May 22, 1940, in Tampa, and is buried in the Bay Pines National Cemetery in Saint Petersburg, Florida, in Section 4 Row 4 Site 16.

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Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: "State Legion Convention Plans Reported Changed." Tampa tribune, March 11, 1933.


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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.
Tuchman, Barbara W., and Robert K. Massie. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I. 2014.


Tampa Tribune, “State Legion Convention Plans Reported Changed,” RICHES, accessed May 29, 2024,