WILL OF THE LATE MR. JOHN BALL.
The will of the late MR. JOHN BALL was entered for probate yesterday. It is dated August 25, 1869. In it he bequeaths to his wife, MARY T.W. BALL, the homestead at the corner of Fulton street and College avenue, and all its belongings. To his partner, Mr. James H. McKee, his law library and office appointments. "To School District No. 1 (east side) and to the City of Grand Rapids when it shall become one school jurisdiction for the purpose of instruction in the science of geology, the interest or avails of all my mortgage claims holden jointly with my partner Mr. McKee;" "to the City of Grand Rapids for a public park, or other public uses only, the n.w. 1/4 of the s.w. 1/4 sec. 26, in the Township of Walker. Should the bluff on this land be suitable for an astronomical observatory, the testator suggests that that use be made of it and he gives to the city for the furtherance of that object, the sum of $5,000. To the Kent Scientific Institute he gives "such books, manuscript lectures, private correspondence and papers as his family may not wish to keep. Mrs. Ball is made sole executrix with full powers of sale and management of the entire estate. In a codicil dated March 18, 1878, the testator annuls the bequest of $5,000 to aid in the erection of an observatory and bequeaths $5,000 to his son, JOHN HELVETIUS, born since the making of the original will, for the purpose of securing to him a substantial education. He also bequeaths to the City of Grand Rapids the homestead on Fulton street, after his wife and children and their direct descendants shall have ceased personally to occupy it.
GRAND RAPIDS EAGLE, Grand Rapids, Mich., Wed., Feb. 13, 1884, Pg. 2, Col. 3, Art. 3