Julius A. Balter was suddenly stricken by heart disease while cranking his car at a point about one half mile this side of Elgin on Sunday, September 12th. Mr. Balter was alone and was on his way from the Yakima valley to Joseph. He was found shortly after attack and taken to Elgin and given medical attention but lived only about forty minutes. The funeral services were held at the Prairie Creek cemetery on Tuesday, by Rev. Akers of Enterprise.

The deceased was born in Prumburg, Germany, Nov. 21, 1850, came to America in 1863. His mother died when he was 13 years of age and he made his own living working in the summer time and going to school in winter. He obtained a common school education. After coming to America he lived in the east until 1875 when he went to Kansas. There he was united in marriage to Alice Beith on May 16th, 1878. They came to Oregon in 1883. To this union there were born four children, two have already passed away. He leaves to mourn his death an aged wife and two daughters, Mrs. Guy Mitchell of Joseph and Mrs. J.E. Lay of Enterprise and six grandchildren and a host of friends.

Wallowa County Reporter September 16, 1920
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