unknown newspaper, 1941
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.