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Joseph W. Baloun
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Birth: 1854
Death: Jul. 1, 1921

Joseph W. Baloun

Joseph W. Baloun came to the United States in 1872 before he turned 18. He was born in 1854 in Klatovy, Bohemia, now the Czech Republic.

Joseph W. Baloun arrived in New York aboard the Donau. He ended up in St. Louis and became a US citizen there in 1877. He married Alina Bettingheimer in 1882. Alina was born in Missouri. She listed her mother's birth place as France and her father's birth place as Germany in the 1900 and 1910 Missouri censuses. Her sister was born in Paris.

Alina and Joseph W.'s only child, Joseph F. Baloun, was born in Missouri in 1880 and raised in the ethnic St. Louis community known as Bohemian Hill. Joseph F. Baloun may have been Alina's son from an earlier marriage who was adopted by Joseph W. Baloun after the couple was married in 1882. Alina was listed as a widow in the 1880 census; she lived with her sister Mathilda Deppe at that time and Joseph F. was only a few months old.

St. Louis Genealogical Society says this about Bohemian Hill:

"The St. Louis Bohemian population…began in 1848. They settled in the Frenchtown area, then referred to as Bohemian Hill, now called Soulard. The boundaries of Bohemian Hill on the near south side of the city were Lafayette Avenue., 7th Street, Russell Blvd. and 18th Street." The Balouns settled at 1903 McNair Avenue, just beyond the boundaries of Bohemian Hill.

Joseph W. Baloun was part of the Freethinkers movement. The Freethinkers Movement was basically comprised of Czechs who split from the Catholic Church. The Freethinker creed reveals that its followers believed in mankind, in nature, and in the universe. They were against any organized religion.

Joseph W. was a tailor and also a merchant who owned a jewelry store.

Joseph W. traveled back to Bohemia at least three times that we know of: once in 1877 shortly after he became a US citizen, again in 1887 with Alina and 6-year-old Joseph Baloun, and again in 1905 with Alina.

Note: in New Picker--west of Gravois
Gatewood Gardens Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Lot 259, Section I
Created by: Laurie Perkins
Record added: May 28, 2007
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Joseph W. Baloun
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Joseph W. Baloun
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I'm glad your story has been recorded for future generations. RIP sir.
- ghost girl
 Added: Jul. 5, 2010

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