Ethel May Balch

17 March 1894–December 1980 (Age 86)
Edgerton, Johnson, Kansas, United States

The Life of Ethel May

When Ethel May Balch was born on 17 March 1894, in Edgerton, Johnson, Kansas, United States, her father, Henry Armstead Balch, was 31 and her mother, Mary Magdalene Seckinger, was 20. She had at least 2 sons with Morton Leslie Curtice. She lived in Syracuse, Hamilton, Kansas, United States in 1910 and Election Precinct 112, Pueblo, Colorado, United States in 1940. She died in December 1980, in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States, at the age of 86.

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Morton Leslie Curtice
Ethel May Balch
Harrold B Curtice
Rodney Keith Curtice

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    Rodney Keith Curtice


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1901 · City Hall Built

Age 7

The Old Colorado Springs city Hall was built between 1901-1905. It was in use until 1997. The historical building was designed by Thomas Barber and Thomas MacLaren.

Age 23

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English balch, belch ‘balk’, ‘beam’ (Old English bælc, balca), possibly denoting someone who lived in a house with a roof beam rather than in a simple hut; alternatively it may have been a nickname for a man built like a tree trunk, i.e. one of stocky, heavy build.2 English: nickname from Middle English balche, belche ‘swelling’ (Old English bælc(e)). This was probably chiefly given in the sense ‘swelling pride’, ‘overweening arrogance’, but it can also mean ‘eructation’, ‘belch’ and may therefore in some cases have been acquired by a man given to belching.3 Welsh: from the adjective balch, which has a range of meanings—‘ fine’, ‘splendid’, ‘proud’, ‘arrogant’, ‘glad’—but the predominant meaning is ‘proud’ and from this the family name probably derives.

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

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Sources (3)

  • E M Balch in household of Henry A Balch, "Kansas State Census, 1895"
  • Ethel M Curtice in household of M L D Curtice, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ethel M Balch in household of Henry A Balch, "United States Census, 1910"

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