Viola Mae Ballard

Brief Life History of Viola Mae

When Viola Mae Ballard was born on 22 April 1896, in Park Springs, Wise, Texas, United States, her father, Charles Ballard, was 21 and her mother, Ella Arminta Sanders, was 18. She married Marvin Leslie Gholson on 23 October 1914, in Montague, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in United States in 1949 and Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas, United States in 1950. She died on 19 June 1985, in Clovis, Curry, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Clovis, Curry, New Mexico, United States.

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Marvin Leslie Gholson
Viola Mae Ballard
Marriage: 23 October 1914
Ethel Mae Gholson

Sources (16)

  • Viola M Ghalson, "United States Census, 1950"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Viola May Ballard - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Viola May Ballard
  • Mae Ballarde, "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965"

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

"Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful ""oil boom""."


The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English ballard ‘bald-headed man’ (compare Bald 3).

French: from the ancient Germanic personal name Balhard, composed of the elements bal, presumably meaning ‘torment, spitefulness’, and hard ‘hard, strong’. Compare Ballor .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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