Sarah Mahala Ball

14 April 1909–23 November 1974 (Age 65)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of Sarah Mahala

When Sarah Mahala Ball was born on 14 April 1909, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, her father, George Eugene Ball, was 28 and her mother, Josephine Helen Lowney, was 26. She married James Franklin Cunningham in 1926, in Riverside, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Riverside, Riverside, California, United States in 1930 and West Riverside Judicial Township, Riverside, California, United States in 1940. She died on 23 November 1974, in Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 65.

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Family Time Line

James Franklin Cunningham
Sarah Mahala Ball
Marriage: 1926
Helen Ivy Cunningham
Muriel Jeannette Cunningham
Elizabeth Ann Cunningham

Spouse and Children

Riverside, California, United States


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World Events (8)

1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 1

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.
1910 · The Denver and Rio Grande Western Depot

Age 1

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Depot, the Rio Grande Depot, is a former train station on the western edge of downtown Salt Lake City. The depot was constructed by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad to surpass the nearby Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot and was the main jewel of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. The depot included a barber shop, a telegraph office a gift shop, a restaurant, a men's smoking room and a women's lounge. The depot opened Salt Lake City to a new influx of immigrants, and was also a central point in shipping soldiers off to war in both World War I and World War II. The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. After the State of Utah purchased the depot in 1977, the building was converted to house the Utah State Historical Society and its research center, the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, as well as the Rio Gallery.

Age 18

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a short, fat person, from Middle English bal(le) ‘ball’ (Old English ball, Old Norse bǫllr).2 English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a knoll or rounded hill, from the same Middle English word, bal(le), used in this sense.3 English: from the Old Norse personal name Balle, derived either from ballr ‘dangerous’ or bǫllr ‘ball’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah Cunningham in household of James Cunningham, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mahala Cunningham in household of James F Cunningham, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Sarah M Ball in household of George Ball, "United States Census, 1940"

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