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Taapken - At the home of her son, Wert Taapken, near Petersburg, Ill., March 15, 1901, Mrs. Hille Maria Taapken; aged 77 years, 9 months and 3 days.

She was born in Ostfriesland, Germany and married Johann Folkerts Taapken, who died nearly fifty years ago. She came to this country with her children in 1870. Besides three sons she leaves one brother, Henry Balster of Tice.

Funeral services were held in St. Paulus Lutheran church in Petersburg on Sunday afternoon, Rev. P. Weil officiating. Buried at Rose Hill.


Sept. 29, 1932

Henry Balster,
G. A. R. Man, Dies
At Petersburg

Petersburg, Sept. 29 - Henry Balster, 91, died Thursday morning at his home in the city following an illness of several days.

Mr. Balster was born in Germany, but came to this country in 1860, after which time he joined Company K, Regiment 114, Illinois Infantry, which he served for three years. Mr. Balster was one of the members of the G. A. R. pilgrimage Friday. His health only permitted him to attend the ceremony at the Stephenson Monument at Rose Hill Cemetery.


Newspaper Article about Mr. Balster

Henry Balster, Veteren, is Ninety

Birthday Observed At Home Here
Monday; One of Oldest Men
In County.

Henry Balster, Sr., one of the few remaining Civil War veterans in Menard County and one of the country's oldest men, celebrated his ninetieth birthday Monday January 19 at his home here, surrounded by his children and grandchildren who treated him to a delightful surprise party.

Those in attendance were John Balster, Mr. & Mrs. Ben Balster and daughter Ermal and son, Emmerson, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Balster jr. and daughter Velda Mary , Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Balster and daughter Dorothy Jean, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hopwood, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bennett and daughter Eileen. One son, Harmon, was unable to be present. Four generations were represented at the happy gathering, by Mr. Balster, his son Thomas, Thomas Balster's daughter, Irene Balster Bennett, and her daughter, Eileen, aged 8 months. The four posed for a group picture.

Ice cream and cake were served, a huge angel food cake, decorated with the correct number of candles, holding the place of honor at the table.

Mr. Balster was born January 19, 1841, in Germany, and came to this country at the age of twenty. He was a member of Co. K, 114th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war. He took up farming and lived and reared his family on a farm near Tice, retiring and coming to this city twenty years ago. Mrs. Balster and one daughter, Marie, the wife of Walter Kasten, died several years ago. For many years Mr. Balster has been a communicant of St. Paul's Church, and he is a man who was won an enviable reputation for himself in this community in which he has lived for so many years.

He has the best wishes of the entire community for continual health and happiness.


Death of Mrs. Henry Balster

Died, at her home in this city on Tuesday evening June 18, 1912, Mrs. Henry Balster aged 68 years, 5 months, and 7 days.

Mrs. Henry Balster nee Leuken, was born Jan. 11, 1844, in Amt Aurich Ostfriesland, Germany. In 1865 she came to this country, and has since resided here.

She was married to Henry Balster Mar. 13, 1866. To this union eight children were born of which 2 died in infancy. Mrs. Balster was an invalid for over two years. She passed away Tues. evening at 11:30 leaving her husband Henry Balster, five sons, John, Herman of Deerfield, Mo., Behrens of Petersburg; Henry of Pawnee, Ill., Thomas of Tice; one daughter Mary Kasten of Petersburg, eight grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Balk of Vernon Co. Mo. And Mrs. H. Tiemann of this city.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the St. Luke's Church conducted by Rev. Theo. F. Kruger Internment at Rose Hill.

The decedent is survived by five sons, John, Benjamin, Henry and Thomas, all of the community and Harmon, Louisville, Ky. Ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.


Mrs. Nellie M. Balster, 73,
Died Tuesday, Ill Long Time

Mrs. Nellie M. Balster, 73, wife of Ben Balster, and a resident of Athens a little over five years, passed away at Jacksonville, Illinois, on Tuesday. Mrs. Balster had been bedfast the last few years since she broke her hip in a fall.

She was originally from Kansas and came to Tice when a child with her parents.

In 1900 she was married to Ben Balster and for many years they farmed in the Tice Community, moving to Athens on their retirement, where they resided since.

Those to survive are: the husband, Ben, one daughter, Mrs. Eural Baum, of Tice; a sister, Mrs. Mollie Hartley, Petersburg, and four grandchildren. A son, Emmerson, preceded her in death passing away in 1941.

Services were held from the Satorius Funeral Home in Petersburg Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Keith Loveless, officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.


Emmerson Balster Dies After Month's Illness

Emmerson L. Balster, thirty-one years old and a resident of Tice community during most of his life, died Monday evening at 7 o'clock at St. John's Hospital, after an illness of more than a month. Mr. Balster was first taken ill about five weeks before his death, suffering from a kidney ailment. He entered the hospital later for an operation. Early last week, he became seriously ill and was rushed to the hospital, where pneumonia and other complications developed, causing his death.

Mr. Balster was born on a farm near Petersburg on January 9, 1910, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Balster. He spent all of his life in the Tice community, attending Damascus school, and later engaging in farming with his father. He was married on October 13, 1933 to Miss Lois Osborne, and they have one son, Eugene, six years old. Surviving are his wife, and a son, his parents, and one sister, Mrs. Eural Baum and a number of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Balster was a young man who made many friends. Always kindly, courteous, sincere, he had the liking and respect of everyone who knew him, and he will be greatly missed, not only in his own family, but by the people of the community in which he lived.

The remains were removed to the Thompson & Harms Funeral Home here and later to the Harris Osborne home. Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mack A. Warren, and burial was in Rose Hill. Pallbearers were George Lee, Bruce Jackson, Harmon Janssen, Meinert Simmering, Fred Patton and Ancil Rhodes.


Friday, January 2, 1953

Ben Balster, 78, Former Resident Here Died Jacksonville Tues., Dec. 30

Ben A. Balster, 78, a farmer in the Damascus Community for many years, and later until several years ago an Athens resident, passed away at Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday where he had resided since leaving Athens.

Mr. Balster was born May 20, 1874, near Tice, a son of Henry and Sadie Balster. In 1900 he was married to Miss Nellie Snell and the couple engaged in farming: Mrs. Balster died six years ago.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Eural Baum, and a brother, Tom Balster, both of Petersburg, and four grandchildren. A son, Emerson, died in 1941.

The body is at the Satorius Funeral Home in Petersburg, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, with Rev. Robert Niehaus officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.


Louie Balster Dead at 84

Louie F. Balster, 84, of 15 Garnett Court, Springfield, a former resident of Petersburg, died Sunday, April 15 at 12:15 a.m. at the Illini House in Springfield. Death followed a long illness.

Mr. Balster was born near Petersburg on August 9, 1888, the son of Henry and Minnie Johns Balster. He was a resident of the Petersburg area until 23 years ago when he moved to Springfield. He was married to Miss Mary Kluckmann in Petersburg on April 1, 1911, and she preceeded him in death on May 16, 1952.

Surviving are one son, Elmer Balster of Pleasant Plains; two brothers, William Balster of Springfield and Henry Balster of Littleton; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Kluckmann of Springfield, Mrs. Henry Schaddell of Oakford and Mrs. Maurice Doyle of Petersburg; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Remains were removed to Satorius Funeral Home, Petersburg. Services were held Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, conducted by Rev. John Klueter. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Transcribed & Submitted by: Chris Gleason.

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