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|Margaret E Balaun Stearns||RE: Anna's son William J Balaun|
More revelations: William had a son, "Billy" (William Albert), who drowned in the river at Ft Dodge, Iowa. The FindAGrave Contributor (Leta Koll) who created the Balaun Memorials there has posted a transcription of the local newspaper report on Billy's Page (#126857366). It mentions that Billy was survived by "his grandmother, Mrs. Anna Bowd (sic) of Kent, Wash." I was happy to learn that Annie and the Balauns were not completely out of touch. In fact, according to a letter written in 1981 by Lillian Vobornik-Kokes, the Vobornik family visited Annie and "Uncle Lou" (Alois Bouda) when they were kids. (Lillian's mother was Anna Spevacek, Mary's sister.) Lillian remembered: "Mrs. Bouda said what a struggle it was for them and how it bothered her about what they did. ....I think the main reason Uncle Lou left Aunt Mary because she couldn't have any children and he desperately wanted a child of his own. ...I think we probably stayed a few days at Mrs. Bouda's. I remember that Agnes (Lillian's sister), the (Bouda's) daughter (Eva Mae) and I went swimming someplace. She was very cute and friendly. The boy's name was Louis after his Dad."
|Margaret E Balaun Stearns||Anna's son William|
Michelle, It's very exciting to have found the gravesite of Annie and Albert's son William. She was only nineteen years old when he was born way off in California... and looks like he got drafted for WWI while he was still a teenager in Oklahoma. That might explain why they lost contact. See— http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=126857367
|Margaret E Balaun Stearns||RE: Albert, Alois & Anna|
The more I learn about them, the more I wonder. Thanks for your information. My Grampa Pete, who I remember and loved, died in Salina KS (1941) when I was about five years old. Though Peter was married to Mary for the last few years of his life, they actually lived in Oklahoma. She was always referred to as Aunt Mary (not grandma), and I don't remember her ever coming with Grampa to visit us in Salina, KS. Later on, I was told she went to live with her adopted daughter in Denver (Helen Bouda?). Mary died years later (1964). My Dad's older sister brushed Aunt Mary off saying she liked to tell stories. She plainly had a true life story worth telling, though confusing, a new mystery popping up with every new discovery.
|Margaret E Balaun Stearns||RE: Frances|
Thanks for sharing the information about Frances. I can only speculate (trying to see through Albert's eyes) that what came between Albert and Annie was, simply put, love, Anna's mature love for someone else.
Albert Joseph Balaun was born an adventurer. Still inside his mother's womb when the family left their ancestral home in Bohemia in the spring of 1866, he arrived a newborn infant in the New World. Before winter, the family moved from Quebec down to Pennsylvania where they joined the Bohemian community already settled in Allegheny County. Individually they established close friendships with members of other immigrant families. In fact, Albert's oldest brother, Ignatius, was married there. Many of the immigrant families dispersed to other conclaves of Europeans settling the land farther west. By the time Albert was nine years old, his father, Joseph, decided on taking the family to homestead in Ottawa County, KS, where other Bohemian immigrants were establishing a community. Ignatius, however, went with his wife's family to Canton, OH. Albert spent his early teens working on the family farm in Ada, KS. It would be interesting to know how he happened to meet Annie Scheffel who had immigrated from Germany with her parents and settled in Oklahoma Territory around 1875 (roughly the same time the Balauns had moved to Kansas). Albert seems to have been bitten with wanderlust in his late teens. He may have visited the Bohemian community in Rawlins County in northwest Kansas, as well as those in Ohio and Oklahoma. He verifiably visited California as did my grandfather, Peter. Indeed Albert is reputed by family stories to have gone looking for gold. He and Annie gave birth to a son, William, in California in 1888. He was around 22; she was just 18 years old. It was 6 or 7 years later when their daughter, Frances, was born back in Oklahoma. Was Albert an incurable wanderer? Whatever might have happened, and why, little Frances must have been still quite young when Louis (aka Alois) R Bouda and Anna Marie Scheffel Balaun fell in love. It is quite possible that Albert may even have introduced them to each other. Alois (aka Louis) had been born in Rawlins County, far northwest KS. His family were among the earliest settlers there; they had had many difficult, heartbreaking and traumatic experiences. In 1887 he had married Mary K Spevacek in her parents' home. She was just 17 years old. Their infant son, the only child Mary ever had, died at 7 weeks of age. According to Mary's reminiscence recorded by Ruth Kelley Hayden in a published History of Rawlins County, she and Louis moved to Nebraska and not long after that Louis died. This was a lie, of course, to avoid the stigma for Mary of being labeled a divorcee. Rawlins Co marriage records show that Mary and Louis were divorced in Kansas in 1908 (coincidentally the year of birth of Eva Mae Boud Maris). Albert was my Grampa Pete's closest brother. Like my Dad, not inclined to talk much, but I have no doubt they knew the whole truth all along— and understood on a deeper level than might be generally thought.
|Margaret E Balaun Stearns||RE: Anna Boud|
You are very welcome— and thank you for your response. It is a truly wonderful pleasure to find someone with whom to share a distant piece of family history. Are you a descendent of Anna? There is a listing in the 1910 United States Census:
South Creek, Lincoln, Oklahoma, United States
Head of Household: Allen Balann b.1866 at sea
Boarder: Willie Balann b. 1890 California (Willie would have been 21-22 years old in 1910) I have not been able to find any trace of Albert and Anna's daughter, Frances. Do you know anything about what became of her?
|Sherry McCormick||William Peterman|
Thank you for the gravesite photo!!
|Linda Creviston||Walter William Dotson|
Thank you so much for taking the time to get this picture.
It's much better than what I have from cousins.
Could you tell me the town and county this cemetery is in?
Great grandpa was killed out there logging and I was trying to search old logging camps etc but didn't know which towns would be close to where he's buried... Thanks again! :)
Thank you so very much for your time and effort filling my photo request.. Your service is aprreciated. Had I known I was going to find this ancestor....I was in the area in July....who da thunk it ?? Thanks for your service !!!
Thanks so much for the headstone photos. I really appreciate them!!!!!!!!
Thanks so much for taking Mina Swope's headstone photo.
Added by Julie on Jul 07, 2012 8:42 AM
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