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John Balder, b. 1838 in Hungary - Bio.

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John Balder, b. 1838 in Hungary - Bio.

Posted: 16 Apr 2004 10:15PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 May 2005 8:15PM GMT
Surnames: Balder, McKinley
John Balder

The subject of this sketch was born in Hungary in 1838, commenced learning the blacksmith trade in 1852, worked as an apprentice at this trade for three years. Then went to Vienna, the capital of Austria, worked there six years, and from there to South Africa, where he met the troops of Maximillian and volunteered in the regular Austrian Cavalry for three years when Maximillian ordered his troops to return to Europe, where he remained with the Emperor one year longer as Regimental blacksmith of the body guard. And a year after went to the city of Queretaro and was captured with Maximilliam's troops. Maximillian and two generals were shot on June 19, 1867.
Mr. BALDER came to New Orleans, August 12, 1867, and worked there but a short time on account of yellow fever, which was raging in the city at that time. From there he went to St. Louis, Mo., and secured employment in a machine shop, and worked there a short time, and then moved to Louisville, Ky., and started a shop of his own, doing a general blacksmith business, Came to Hopkins county in 1872 and entered the employ of the St. Bernard Coal Company in 1873 as blacksmith, at the St Charles mines, where he is at present employed. He is the oldest employee of the company at St. Charles, never having quit the company since first entering its employ. In 1875, he met with an accident, cutting one of his legs with a drill bit, that troubled him seriously for about five years. A good kind hearted and charitable man called to see Mr. BALDER and saw and realized his condition. This man assisted Mr. BALDER in procuring medical attention until he was able again to attend to his work. Mr. BALDER realizes the kindness and appreciates what was done for him by his employer so much that he holds his name almost in reverance, and never ceases to thank him for favors shown in the time of need.
While Mr. BALDER is not a teetotaler, he was never drunk in his life, now never paid a fine. In religion he is a Catholic. Mr. BALDER is a sound healthy man, and still superintends the blacksmith shop for the Company at St. Charles, and whoops it up for sound money and McKINLEY. (Source: Earlington (Ky.) Bee, Thur., Aug. 27, 1896)

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