Minnetrista Blogs

Ball Brothers Afloat

Posted by: admin on July 2, 2020 at 2:46 pm

Extended families can get us involved in the most interesting things. One such family member was George Ashley Tomlinson. Tomlinson was born in Lapeer, Michigan on January 28, 1868. After attending the University of Michigan, he spent two years in Wyoming, working as a cowboy.... Read More >

Horseless Vehicles Part Two

Posted by: Susan Smith on June 25, 2020 at 1:31 pm

As horseless vehicles became popular in the early 1900’s many carriage manufacturers simply switched from horse-drawn conveyances to engine power, keeping the same chassis and body designs.  Often small shops used these components to design their own versions of the horseless carriage.  This resulted in... Read More >

Horseless Vehicles Part One

Posted by: Susan Smith on June 19, 2020 at 3:44 am

Horseless Vehicles Part 1:  Frances Woodworth Ball’s Electric Car Electric cars are not a new concept. Manufacturers were producing electric-powered cars in the late 1800’s as an alternative to gasoline powered engines. Like other early cars, many small companies built their own versions. Each claimed... Read More >

Happy 25th Anniversary Oakhurst!

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on May 28, 2020 at 11:58 am

Happy 25th Anniversary, Oakhurst “Oakhurst itself is the exhibit. Oakhurst itself is the work of art,” said Frank Bracken at the Ball family opening of Oakhurst. “It is the literature, it is the musical composition. Oakhurst is what we come to experience, what we come... Read More >

Muncie’s First Golf Course Part 2

Posted by: Diane Barts on May 21, 2020 at 4:14 pm

1925 began with some changes for the Minnetrista Golf Course. On Monday January 26th, Mr. & Mrs. Frank C. Ball and Mr. and Mrs. Edmund B. Ball signed over the land for Muncie’s first municipal golf course to the local Y.M.C.A. At the same time,... Read More >

Muncie’s First Golf Course Part 1

Posted by: Diane Barts on May 14, 2020 at 3:57 pm

In September 1920, there was a growing interest in Muncie for the construction of a municipal golf course. A suggestion was made to the Board of Park Commissioners that land to the north of Highland Avenue in McCulloch Park could be used for a six-... Read More >

A Machine That Changed The World

Posted by: Diane Barts on May 7, 2020 at 4:19 pm

If I asked you to name an important invention from the first decade of the 20th century, what would come to mind? Airplanes? The air conditioner? Tea bags? Those are all good suggestions, but how about the Owens Automatic Glass Bottle Making Machine? I bet... Read More >

Texas Plant Welcomes Ball Brothers

Posted by: Diane Barts on April 30, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Strange how history has a way of repeating itself. What seems to be abundant one day – much more than we can ever use in ten lifetimes – somehow manages, when looking back, to be there and gone in little more than a blink of... Read More >

Burst Tank at Ball Factory

Posted by: Diane Barts on April 23, 2020 at 2:43 pm

At about 1:30 on the afternoon of Monday March 16, 1896, an alarm went out from Box 6-1 near the Ball Brothers factory. Immediately the citizens of Muncie feared the worst. There had been other fires at Ball glass works, one of the city’s major... Read More >


Posted by: Susan Smith on April 16, 2020 at 3:46 pm

As the spring weather improves, many of us will head outside to enjoy rides on our bicycles.  Whether a short ride around the neighborhood, a cruise along the greenway, or a longer road ride, cycling is an excellent way to get some exercise and appreciate... Read More >