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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Michael and Lillie (Flageolle) Balanga, 6 South 48 West



In 1880 Union County, Dakota Territory, Alfred Bellinger is 39, Mary 22, with Michael 3 and Alfred A. five months.
They have an adopted daugther Julia Fotha 10 born in Nebraska.

In 1900 Union County, South Dakota, Alfred Belanger is farming, born June 1842 in Canada, married 27 years to Mary Feb 1858 Iowa. She's had twelve kids, five living. With them are Michael Sept 1876, Olive May 1886, Mattie Dec 1887, and Maggie Sept 1895, all four in South Dakota.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Michael "Blange" is 33, with Lillie 22, Florence M. 8 all born in South Dakota, and Lawrence 1 born in Colorado.
Mike claimed a tract in 3 and 4, 6S, 48W in 1913.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Mike is farming, 43, Lillie 29, Florence 14, Lawrence 11, Celia E. 9, Mildred F. 8, Mary A. 6, Rubien L. 3, and David H. 1.

In 1930 Kit Carson County, Mike is 52, Lillie 43, Florence 25, Lawrence 21, Mildred 17, Mary 16, Rubion 13, David 11, Louise 9, Edward 7, Tressa 5, Anna 3, and Bertha 1.

In 1940 Mike is 63, Lillie 53, Reuben 23, David 21, Louise 19, Edward 17, Theresa 15, Anna M. 13, Berha M. 11, Dorothy 9, and Mike 7.

Mike is buried in Stratton 1876-1961 # 136910048, with Lillie E. 1885-1958 # 136910070.

Dorothy Balanga married Kenneth Pettibone, both of Kanorado, on August 7, 1950.

Kenneth 1922-1978 is buried in Kanorado # 67096483, with Dorothy M. 1930-2002 # 67096483.
June 29, 2002 "Dorothy Pettibone Clark, 71, Burlington, formerly of Sherman County, Kansas, died Friday, June 28, 2002"

In 1940 Denver, Florence Dowd is 36, born in Iowa?, with Robert M. Dowd 45 Kansas. James is 3.
Robert M. Dowd 1889-1955 is buried in Wheat Ridge, Colorado # 157501886. He had married Elizabeth Ellen Flageolle on Oct 11, 1913 in Kit Carson County.


Florence M. Pettibone 1905-2003 is buried in Stratton # 136910015.
"Former Kanorado, Kansas resident Florence Matilda Pettibone passed away Saturday, December 20, 2003, in Peoria, Arizona. She was 98 years old. Florence was born July 19, 1905 to Lily (Flageolle) and Michael Balanga in Jefferson, South Dakota. She was one of sixteen children. Florence attended a small country school north of Stratton, Colorado through the third grade. In 1964, Florence married Harry Pettibone in Denver, Colorado. The family then moved to Kanorado, Kansas where they resided until 1989. Florence then moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she lived for six years and then moved to Peoria, Arizona, where she resided until her death. Florence was a member of the Catholic Church and Senior Citizens actives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers, eight sisters and one granddaughter. She is survived by her four sons: Jim Dowd and his wife Ellen of Sun City, Arizona; Raymond Dowd and his wife Gail of Marietta, Georgia; Tom Dowd and his wife Sheryl of Chehalis, Washington; and Ed Dowd and his wife Kathy of Bethune, Colorado. Florence is also survived by ten grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and two sisters: Bertha Johnson and her husband Leonard of Burlington, Colorado and Louise Clark and her husband Roy of Greeley, Colorado. Graveside services for Florence were held on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at the Calvary Cemetery in Stratton, Colorado at 10:00 A.M.

Louise Balanga, born 9/18/1921 of Stratton married Wm. F. Parson born 1/15/1919 on November 18, 1941.
"Michael "Mike" Benjamin Parsons, 68, of Sterling, peacefully passed away at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 14, 2017 in the loving arms of his family. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Tennant Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mike was born on Dec. 20, 1948, in Stratton to William Francis and Louise Elizabeth (Balanga) Parsons and lived his early years in Denver.


David Henry Balanga married Flossie Marie Stephens on September 12, 1948. She was born July 19, 1927, divorced. He was born Dec 16, 1918

David Balanga 1918-2002 is buried in Buffalo, Wyoming # 102933345, with Erma June 1938-2004 # 102933345.
"Married January 31, 1985"

Bertha Balanga married Leonard Johnson on November 16, 1949.

"Lifelong Burlington resident Leonard Willis Johnson Sr. passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs. He was 79 years old.
Leonard was born on May 25, 1930, in Idalia to Frank R. and Olive E. (Walters) Johnson. He was one of six children. He grew up and attended school in the Burlington area, graduating from Burlington High School in 1948.
On Nov. 16, 1949, Leonard married Bertha M. Balanga at St. Charles Catholic Church in Stratton. To this union, three children were born; Nancy, Leonard Jr., and Susan.
Leonard owned and operated Burlington Foods Grocery Store for many years. He was also a life-time member of the Moose Lodge, a former Rotarian and member of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his son J.R., a son-in-law Craig Pottorff, sister Vera Walters, and two brothers Kenneth and Arthur Johnson.
He is survived by his wife Bertha of the home, two daughters Nancy Gramoll and her husband Lynn of Colorado Springs and Susan Pottorff of Burlington.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Brian Gramoll, Jessica Johnson, Kasey Pottorff, Jeremiah Gramoll, Michael Pottorff, Leonard Johnson III and Shannen Pottorff; as well as six great-grandchildren; Gavin Fauson, Addison Banner, Emma Camp, Annika Way, Michaela Jo Pottorff and Cain Gramoll.
Funeral services for Leonard were held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Burlington United Methodist Church in Burlington with the Rev. Eric Parker officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Burlington. "


Lawrence A. Balanga, 21, married Bessie Snavely, 24, on November 4, 1930 in Stratton. Mildred Balanga was the witness.}
Bessie, per one tree, was the daughter of Joseph Snavely and Zylphia Clute.

In 1966, Bessie Balanga (wid Lawrence) is living at 257 S. Raleigh, Denver.
One tree said she died January 1984 in Commerce City, and Lawrence died in 1964.

Their son Charles E. Balanga, born in 1939, died in 1987, buried in Mount Olivet, Cemetery, Colorado.

Therse Lundvall was born on Oct. 3 1924, in the home north of Vona. Her parents were Mike Balanga and Lily Flageolle-Balanga. She was the 10th of 14 children, of which two died in infancy. Therse attended school in the Stratton area. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Therese married Virgil Lundvall on March 2, 1952. They farmed northwest of Burlington before moving to town in 1979. After a lengthy illness, Therse passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 8, 2000. Preceding Therse in death were her parents; brothers Lawrence, Rueb, Ed and Mike; two infant sisters, Cecilia and Mary Flageolle, and sisters Anna Marie Pratt and Mildred Homer. Survivors include brother Dave Balanga of Buffalo, Wyo; Sisters Florence Pettibone of Phoenis, Ariz., Louise Clark of Demming, NM, Bertha Johnson and Dorothy Clark of Burlington; and sisters-inlaw Ethel Devlin, Thelma Williams and Violet Knapp; and her husband Virgil of the home. Therse's fondest memories were when she helped with her nieces and nephews and when they would come to stay with her on the farm; also the children of their farm employees. Therse always enjoyed the many trips she and Virgil took together and expecially Virgil's Army World War II reunions. They traveled to Tucumcari, NM, for 7 years at the end of fall. She like her many trinkets, watching the birds, feeding the squirrels, as well as her card games and bingo. She loved visiting with friends and family; she also loved to cook. Therse was a loving wife of 48 years and will be missed by her family and many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral Services for Therse were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington on Monday, March 13, 2000, at 2 p.m. with Pastor William Viergutz officiating. Musical selections 'Take My hand, Precious Lord," "On the Wings of a Dove," and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," were Provided by soloist Leonard Dutton, accompanied by Sheree Mack. Casket bearers were Jo Flageolloe, Bob Flageolle, Leonard Johnson Jr. Bill Parsons Ed Dowd and Gorden Pettibone. Honorary escorts were Russ Pratt, Gerald Flageolle, George Williams, Jerry Wolf, Dave Balanga, Wayne Balanga, Walt Isenbart and KenDobler. 
Therse # 13541344 and Virgil 1917-2006 # 13541343 are buried in Burlington.
"In 1948, Virgil married Thelma Pettibone in Littleton, Colorado. This marriage later ended with the death of Thelma in 1949. On March 2, 1952, Virgil married Therese Balanga. "


Anna Marie Balango born 7/20/1926 married Edgar Lee Pratt born 7/27/1925 on November 15, 1947.

Reuben L. Balanga was born December 19, 1916

January 17, 1957 Kirk items in the Yuma Pioneer


In 1961 Reuben L. is a salesman, living at 3213 Newton in Denver. So does Mrs. Alfhild M. Balanga, a clerk at the First National Bank.
In 1966 Reuben L. (Alfhild) is a salesman, and they live at 2687 Sheridan Boulevard. He died in June 1984
Alfhild Maud Myklebost was born Aug 19, 1922 to Anton Myklebost and Marit Tjelle, dying May 15, 1988 as Balanga.



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