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John Christopher Balster
December 2, 1869–April 23, 1914
The funeral of J. C. Balster, who was killed in the automobile accident referred to in The Express, last Thursday, was held at St. John's Lutheran church, Monday forenoon. The services were conducted by Rev. William H. L. Schuetz. The funeral was very largely attended, it being one of the largest that has been held in that church for a long time. John Christopher Balster, the son of Arend Balster, was born in Scotch Grove township, December 2, 1859. He was married in 1893 to Gesina H. Heyen, who survives with seven children, the eldest, Arend Balster, Jr., having been engaged with his father in business at Scotch Grove. Mr. Balster was an active and industrious business man and farmer. He was not satisfied to confine his energies to the farm, but was also engaged in the hardware and implement business at Scotch Grove, and was widely known throughout the country as the operator of a thrashing machine in the fall. He was killed by the overturning of his automobile between the residence of Gerd Hanken and the F. Sutherland place, last Thursday afternoon. The automobile turned once and a half times over and threw Mr. Balster into the road with such force as to fracture his skull, and he survived but a short time. No one was with him at the time of the accident, and it is not known how or why it happened. The automobile left a straight track along the level highway until the point was reached where the accident occurred. Much regret was expressed over the accident, and there has been universal sympathy for the widow and her children.

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