1300 Marsac Street

Bay City, Michigan


Marsac Home > History > Ballard


Mary A. Ballard was (seemingly) the first occupant of the current home on 1300 Marsac. By all accounts, a fire in 1892 destroyed all the homes in this area of Bay City.


The current home was built approx. 1908. Here is what we know about Mary A. Ballard.


In the 1896 Bay City, Michigan directory, there is a listing for Morris Ballard, living at 1012 Trumbull. He was not seen before 1896. In the 1900 city directory, the listing is:  

In 1908, Mary A. Ballard was living at 1800 Broadway, presumably with her son Otis Ballard. Finally, from 1909 through 1916, Mary A. Ballard is listed as living at 1300 Marsac.


The 1910 Census for Bay City, Michigan (District 45) shows:


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Ballard Otis R

Ballard, Clara

Ballard, Nora

Ballard, Mary A
















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It also states that Mary was born in Canada/Dutch, and Otis was born in Michigan. We can also surmise that Nora was Otis' daughter from a previous marriage (married twice, and currently married 15 years. Also, Clara had one child, but none currently living. We also know that Mary was born about 1838, and immigrated in 1853 (but this was hard to read).


The family apparently lived here until 1917. Previous research had shown that William F. Dreyer purchased the home in 1917.


An obituary for Clara in 1920 shows that at that time they were living on Euclid in Bay City:

3/8/1920:  Mrs. O. W. Ballard, 45 years of age, wife of O. W. Ballard, died suddenly Sunday evening at her home on Euclid avenue, north.

Mrs. Ballard had been visiting a neighbor and was on her way home when she was seized by a stoke of apoplexy when near the home of B. Fralick, 900 Ohio street west.  She was carried into the Fralick home and from there to her own residence where death resulted three hours later.

Mrs. Ballard is survived by her husband, formerly a druggist on Broadway and 31st street for about twenty-two years.  She enjoyed a wide circle of acquaintances in the city.  There also survives two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Fox and Ardra Louise, aged six years, two brothers William H. and G. A. Smith of Bay City.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of her brother G. A. Smith, 701 Broadway with burial in Elm Lawn cemetery.

The following day, March 9, 1920, there is a clarification that Clara was on the way home from "visiting her  mother, for whom she had been caring."

An obituary appears for Otis Ballard on June 29, 1946.  It states that he was 80 years old, retired druggist, born in St. Charles, Michigan in 1866.


March 15, 2008 (as transferred from January 8, 2003)