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 Katherine <I>Balch</I> Johnson

Katherine Balch Johnson

Death 1932 (aged 46–47)
Burial Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 101245769 · View Source
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The domestic life of Mr. Balch began on September 20, 1884, when he was united in marriage with Nellie Willigrod, who was born in Marshalltown, February 14, 1861, and here she grew to womanhood and was educated. She is the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Gleck) Willigrod, the father born at Verden, Germany, May 8, 1832, and the mother's birth occurred in Germany in 1831. Mr. Willigrod emigrated to the United States in 1848 and settled at Mansfield, Ohio, and there was married in 1854. They soon afterwards emigrated to Iowa City, Hardin county, Iowa, but remained there only about two months, after which they came to Marshalltown in July of that year, and, finding here better prospects for future development, decided to make their permanent home here, and they soon became popular among the pioneer element and also well established in a material way. Mr. Willigrod engaged in the mercantile business, having the distinction of being the first merchant of this city, the place then being merely a straggling village, composed principally of log houses, later entering into partnership with Dr. George Gleck, the firm name becoming Gleck and Willigrod. For many years he sold goods to the settlers in a radius of many miles and did a very thriving business, Indians not infrequently coming to his store for supplies, for the state was then in its first period of development and was yet the home of the red man and the wild beast. Mr. Willigrod built a log cabin upon his arrival which remained his place of abode for some time, and he subsequently built the first frame dwelling house in the town, which stood where the Times-Republican building now stands. He later built the home of the family at No. 104 West State street, still later erecting a brick house on South Third avenue. Later in life he engaged in the grain business, and he became one of the leading business men and influential citizens of Marshall county. He spent several years in California and after returning to Marshalltown engaged in the insurance business, which he continued with success until his death, at an advanced age, on March 30, 1908, his wife having preceded him to the grave on February 22, 1895.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Willigrod, two of whom are living at this writing. The mother came to the United States with her parents when she was nine years of age. Politically, Mr. Willigrod was a Republican, and, fraternally, a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. For many years he was a member of the German Lutheran church.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Phineas S. Balch, namely: Katherine, who is a graduate of Auburndale, Massachusetts, Lasell Seminary; John Willigrod was graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; Edna May is a student in Smith College, one of the leading institutions of the East: Harold is a student in the Marshalltown schools.

"Past and Present of Marshall County, Iowa" Judge William Battin and F. A. Moscrip 1912 B. F. Bowen & Company Indianapolis, Indiana
pp 596-597

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 101245769
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Katherine Balch Johnson (1885–1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101245769, citing Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, Marshall County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by thoran (contributor 47081254) .