Received from Walter Ball. Origin unknown.
“… in fact I’m rather anti-social,… I just find some of the things people do rather incongruous and I appreciate the humour of the situation.” “Cartoon creator finds humour in everyday life.” Sharon Hay. Richmond Hill Liberal, 10 Sept. 1980.
Walter was an only child and so had plenty of chores. The family didn’t have a tractor, electricity or milking machines. To get to Cookstown high school he drove the cutter in the winter and a buggy in the summer and rode horseback when the roads were impassable.
Early favourites of Walter were: “Andy Gump” and “Toonerville Trolley”. Both cartoons appeared in the Mail and Empire, newspaper.
In the John Brehl’s article Walter stated: “After I graduated from high school, I worked on the farm fror three years. During that time every six months I wrote to the Star asking for a job and sending samples. Finally I got a letter from the late H.C. Hiindmarsh asking me to droop in the next time I was in Toronto. I was in his office the next day and was hired immediately. Two weeks later my mother forwarded a letter from another department of the Star offering regrets that the samples I’d sent didn’t show high enough quality.”
Again a quote from Brehl’s article: “Then last year  when the new Star Weekly was being planned, I was asked if I knew any cartoonist who could handle the “Rural Route” idea. I didn’t and said so but asked if I could try. I drew three samples and the editors liked them.”
In the 1940’s he did comical sketches of sports personalities and events for the Toronto Star.
“Rural Route” was an extra assignment Walter did on his own time in his basement studio.
Cover & Content:
Frankincense and Myrrh. Writ., Heywood Brown. Grimsby: Pool Hall Press, no date. A Christmas Keepsake edition of 130 copies.
A Shepherd. Writ., Heywood Brown. Grimsby: Pool Hall Press, no date. A Christmas Keepsake edition of 164 copies.
“His Heart Is In His Rural Route.” Writ., John Brehl. Star Weekly Magazine, June 1 1957: 16.
“Cartoon creator finds humour in everyday life.” Writ., Sharon Hay. Richmond Hill Liberal, Sept. 10 1980: 1.
. “Elmer and Myrtle live on as comic strip Canadiana.” Writ., Paul Wilson. Hamilton Spectator, Dec. 30, 1981: 10.
Walter Ball beside the iconic mail box that appeared in all his “Rural Route” cartoon strips.
Received from Walter Ball. Photographer unknown. Appeared in the Spectator [Hamilton] 30 December 1981.
A Christmas card featuring the Ball’s pat dog, 1989.