Henrietta Balk

13 June 1899–13 August 1953 (Age 54)
Muskegon Township, Muskegon, Michigan, United States

The Life of Henrietta

When Henrietta Balk was born on 13 June 1899, in Muskegon Township, Muskegon, Michigan, United States, her father, Jacob Balk, was 46 and her mother, Katherine DeWilder, was 30. She married Arent Harold " Edward" Medendorp on 29 August 1921, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. She lived in Muskegon Heights, Muskegon, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Laketon Township, Muskegon, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. She died on 13 August 1953, in Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan, United States.

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Arent Harold " Edward" Medendorp
Henrietta Balk
Marriage: 29 August 1921

Spouse and Children

29 August 1921
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Jessie Balk


World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 4

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 17

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 German: from a short form of a Slavic equivalent of the personal name Valentinus.2 Dutch: from balk ‘timber’, ‘beam’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a carpenter or a nickname for a big man.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Henrietta Boden in household of Charles Boden, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Henrietta Boden in household of Charles E Boden, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Heneretta Balk in household of Jacob Balk, "United States Census, 1920"

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