Byrl J. (Jack) Ballard (1878-1952), Scenery & Fresco Painter
Born August 17, 1878, in Knoxville, Iowa, Jack Ballard moved to Diller, Nebraska in 1883 or 1884. He moved to Crete in 1897, and there, two years later, married Emma Kolarik. He plied his trade about through several towns of eastern and western Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and California before returning to Crete the last fifteen years of his life. He was primarily an artist whose various works included circus posters, stage scenery, and church frescoes. Ballard spend the last ten years of his career working as a designer of neon signs in Lincoln. He died at Chicago on July 22, 1952. He was survived by a son, Don Ballard; a daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Gustafson; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Proscenium curtain (1932), Crete Sokol Hall, Crete, Nebraska.[2:177]
1. “Obituary of Byrl J. Ballard,” The Crete News (August 7, 1952).
2. David Murphy, “Dramatic Expressions: Czech Theatre Curtains in Nebraska,” Nebraska History 74:3&4 (Fall-Winter 1993), 168-182, accessed through NebraskaHistory.org, July 23, 2013, http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/Czech_08_Curtains.pdf
D. Murphy, “Byrl J. (Jack) Ballard (1878-1952), Scenery & Fresco Painter,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, July 23, 2013. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 20, 2019.
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