Ballard Riffe (1906 - 1965)



Ballard Riffe’s biography is built and maintained by people like you. Create an online profile of Ballard so that their life is remembered forever. If any factual information is incorrect, please edit Ballard’s biography.

Ballard Riffe Biography & Family History

This genealogy profile is dedicated to the life and ancestry of Ballard Riffe and their immediate Riffe family. Add to Ballard Riffe's genealogy page to share your memories & historical research with their family and other genealogy hobbyists.



Cause of death

There is no cause of death listed for Ballard.

Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of Ballard Riffe? Add burial and funeral information.


Last Known Residence

Did Ballard move a lot? Did they emigrate from another country? Add Ballard's last known location.

Average Age

Life Expectancy


Add family members


Did Ballard finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did Ballard attend? Add education.


Share what Ballard did for a living or if they had a career or profession. Add Profession.

Military Service

It is unknown if Ballard Riffe is a military veteran.

Middle name

Unknown. Add middle name

Maiden name

Unknown. Add maiden name



Unknown. Add Ballard's ethnicity.


Unknown. Add Ballard's nationality.


Unknown. Was Ballard a religious person? Add Ballard’s religion

Family Photos

Pictures really do say a thousand words. Add photos of Ballard during various points of their life.


1906 - In the year that Ballard Riffe was born, the great San Francisco earthquake hit, estimated at 7.8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused fires that raged for days and between the earthquake and the fire, about 3,000 people were killed and 80% of the City was destroyed.

1921 - This person was only 15 years old when in May, the Emergency Quota Act - or Emergency Immigration Act - was passed. The law restricted the number of immigrants to 357,000 per year. It also established an immigration quota in which only 3 per cent of the total population of any ethnic group already in the USA in 1910, could be admitted to America after 1921. Although the Act was supposed to be temporary, it stayed in effect until 1965.

1924 - At the age of 18 years old, Ballard was alive when J. Edgar Hoover, at the age of 29, was appointed the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation by Calvin Coolidge (which later became the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Bureau had approximately 650 employees, including 441 Special Agents. A former employee of the Justice Department, Hoover accepted his new position on the proviso that the bureau was to be completely divorced from politics and that the director report only to the attorney general.

1937 - When this person was 31 years old, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

1965 - In the year of Ballard Riffe's passing, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

Ballard Riffe Family Tree

Who was Ballard’s parents? Did they get married and did they have children? Share Ballard’s family tree to share their legacy and genealogy pedigree.

Ballard's Family
Add a parent
Add a parent
Ballard Riffe
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a sibling

You can add or remove people from Ballard's family tree by clicking here.


This obit of Ballard Riffe is updated by the community. Edit this biography to contribute to their obituary. Include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

Ballard Riffe died in March 1965 at age 58. There is no known cause of death for Ballard. Ballard was born on July 22, 1906. We have no information about Ballard's family.


What do you remember about Ballard Riffe? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about them. Or just leave a comment to show the world that Ballard is remembered.

Write a comment

Other Records of Ballard Riffe


Other Biographies