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The following family histories were taken from Buckeye, The First 100 Years, 1888-1988. These accounts of the histories of many of our mother and grandmother's family relatives comprise Our Family Tree.

THE ROY BALMES FAMILY

This page is dedicated to our parents, Roy & Arleen Balmes, and Uncle William H. "Bill" Miller
By
Chickie Balmes Williams



Roy W. Balmes, born to John A. & Mary Rappley Balmes in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 5, 1895, came to Arizona in 1900, along with a brother and two of six sisters.

Arleen Miller Balmes, born to Issac & Rhuama Coffin Miller, February 10, 1906 and William H. Miller, brother, born November 18, 1908, both being born in Gaston, Indiana came with their family to Arizona in 1921 and settled in Winslow and later in Phoenix. They were also from a family of eight.

The Balmes Family homesteaded in the Chandler area. Later Roy farmed not only the homestead, but in Scottsdale and on Chicago Avenue (now Thomas Mall). Roy met and married Arleen in Tempe,

Roy and Bill came to Buckeye in 1928, living in a chicken house, and farming 1200 acres under the R.I.D. In early 1929 a house had been built and Roy, Arleen, along with her brother Bill and children, Mary Val, Royleen "Chickie", and baby Neal "Hank", settled north of Buckeye, later moving to Palo Verde and finally back to Buckeye in 1936, where Hank still resides. As the years went by the family grew, adding Don, Dale, Sharon and LaRae. (LaRae being our only native of Buckeye.) All eight children attended either Buckeye or Palo Verde Elementary and B.U.S.H.

Around 1929 Roy helped to build the Buckeye Bakery, now housing the Buckeye News, for George and Agnes Crowe. In July 1929 he was one of sixteen veterans filing an application for a Charter to form Louis B. Hazelton Post #53. In 1932 he served as Commander.

After moving back to Buckeye, Roy and Bill were still operating trucks and ranching. Roy was also traveling the state supervising government projects, including the construction of Luke Field. The adding of dairy cattle brought Hank and Don into 4-H activities, bringing their dad and uncle into many hours of volunteer work. Many weekends the club worked on their projects at the ranch and Roy would have a meal for the boys. They also transported the animals to Tempe or Arizona State Fairs. The club won many awards, plus Hank (1 yr.) and Don (2 yrs.) winning Top State Showmanship.

In 1939 Roy Balmes joined the Navy and Mary Val moved to Phoenix. At the end of 1941, Bill Miller joined the army, thus relieving him of his "taxi" duties. Seems we always needed to go to church or school activities. It was nice having an "extra-dad" around. Roy continued with the business until his death in May 1945.

Dale, more interested in sports, lettered three years in football and four in baseball and was selected as quarterback for Class B All-Stars and also pitched Buckeye's first shut-out game his senior year helping Buckeye go to State.

Arleen started working at Buckeye Valley Bank in 1951 and continued serving the people of Buckeye and Valley National Bank for twenty years. She loved to travel and did so until a couple of years before her death in June 1981.

Bill Miller did not return to Buckeye after his discharge in 1946. He married Georgia Hazelton and they are still residing in Phoenix.

As to the girls in the familly; Mary Val married Ben J. Case, Jr. and is living in Phoenix. Sharon lives in Tempe and married Robert V. Sapp. Living in Buckeye LaRae married John T. Kieffer and Chickie to Henry D. Williams.

  

JOHN HARER FAMILY

John Redmond Harer left Arkansas in a covered wagon, traveled over the Oregon Trail to Oregon, and then to California. In about 1875, John arrived in the Payson area. In 1888, he moved to Liberty, Arizona.

John Harer married Josephine Price Burris. Son Paul Harer was born west of where Liberty School presently stands. The Harers owned the field north of Liberty School in 1889.

During WWI, Paul served in the Army, in Germany and France. He was honorably discharged in 1918, at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Paul worked as a cowboy around Mobile and Gila Bend, Arizona. He milked the cow herds that he owned in Buckeye. He also owned a cattle range south of Buckeye.

Paul met Thelma Maxie in Mobile, Arizona and they were married in Tucson, Arizona in 1925.

Paul and Thelma had six children: son Bob lives in Sweet Home, Oregon; Bill, Bonnie and Caryl all live in Bakersfield, California; Jack lives in Casa Grande, Arizona; and Alice lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1936, Paul bought the old Hall Place in Liberty. At that same time, Paul became zanjero for the Buckeye Irrigation Canal Company. He remained the zanjero until his death, in 1944, at the age of 55. He was a hard working man, liked by all.

When Paul died, his sons, Bill and Jack, went to live with Francis and Tommy Watkins, in Theba, Arizona on the B. A. Gilles' P.E. Ranch. They went to school and worked as cow hands for Francis. Francis Watkins was a second cousin of Paul Harer, and Tommy was a sister to Thelma (Marie) Harer. The boys lived with their aunt and uncle until they were grown.

After their father died, Bob lived and worked in Tucson, Arizona.

At one time, Paul was related to almost everyone around Buckeye and Liberty. Older cousin George Harer married Lou Ann Burris, who was Paul's half sister (not blood related). They lived in the Liberty area.

Bonnie, Caryl and Alice lived with their mother, Thelma, in Buckeye.

  

GEORGE EVAN HARER

George Evan Harer was born at Ventura, California on September 6, 1870. His parents were Nathaniel Green Harer and Teresa Mae Grisby Harer. They left California and came to Arizona in 1882 landing in Phoenix. In 1882 they moved to Liberty. He attended Phoenix schools, also schools at Liberty.

On February 20, 1898 he was married to Lou Anna Burris at Liberty. They made their home on a ranch, farming, which has been his occupation to the present time.

He served on the Board of Trustees of the Liberty School from 1914 to 1916.

He is a member of the Methodist Church and his present address is Liberty, Arizona.

  

DAVID HARRISON HARER

David Harry Harer was born at Payson, Arizona June 17, 1887. His father, David Boyer Harer, was a Free Methodist preacher and his mother was Miss Emma Jones before her marriage.

In 1892 the Harer Family moved to the Buckeye Valley settling near Liberty, where he attended school in the Old Jackson School House.

He was married to Miss Alice L. Vesterly at Yuma, Arizona, February 8, 1935.

He gives as his profession gas engine mechanic and his religious preference as Methodist.

  

LULA ANN HARER

On January 6, 1878 at Orange Grove California a daughter was born to David Joshua Burris and Margaret Josephine Price Burris. She was given the name Lula Ann. The family moved to Arizona in 1881, settling in Globe. When Lula Ann was twelve years old they moved to Palo Verde. She attended school at Liberty and in the Osborn District. Her family owned the first telephone in the valley at Liberty in 1891.

On February 20, 1898 she was married to George Evan Harer at Liberty, Arizona, where they have lived to the present time.

She has devoted her life to housekeeping and caring for her family. She is a member of the Methodist Church and her address is Liberty, Arizona.

  

EFFIE JANE ROBERTS

Effie Jane Roberts was born of Pioneer parents, David Boyer Harer and Nancy E. Jones, September 21, 1872. She came to Arizona with her parents from Modoc County, California and located in the Tonto Basin country. In 1880 they came to the Buckeye Valley and located at what is now the Liberty Store. On May 17, 1894 she was married to John Gideon Roberts and has raised a family of three boys and two girls. While in her teens she taught school for one year in the Tonto Basin country. She is an active member of the Free Methodist Church. She is now, 1935, secretary-treasurer of the Buckeye and West Gila Valley Old Settlers Union.

  

WILLIAM MC DONALD FAMILLY

William and Sarah Hazelton McDonald moved to a homestead south of Liberty in 1892. William was born in Elbridge, Illinois on April 24, 1840. One of eleven children, he had driven cattle from Texas to Kansas in the years immediately following the Civil War, settling in Payson in 1870. He married Sarah Jane Hazelton in Payson on October 18, 1883. Sarah's parents were Richard Pierce and Obedience Harer Hazelton who together with their eight children had also homesteaded in the Liberty area.

Wiliam and Sarah had two daughters, Myrta Ina, born July 19, 1884 and Willa Beta, born November 19, 1889. Myrta married Junius Brewster on November 19, 1906 and had four daughters. Willa married Claude Row and had one son, John Donald. Claude Row was struck and killed by lightning in Camp Verde, Arizona on August 21, 1940.

During the early years of Sarah's residence in the Payson area, she was involved in the Indian attack on the Meadows Family in 1882. Henry Meadows gave orders to Sarah to put powder in the single barrel shot gun to shoot at the Indians so they would believe that there were lots of defenders. They experienced the hardships of pioneer life, and on notable occasions, she aided her husband and neighbors in fighting bands of Indians.

During the flood of the Gila River in 1916, the McDonald family lost the lower one-half of their 160 acre farm and had to move their house up next to the main road. Sarah and her two daughters were members of the Liberty Free Methodist Church and later of the Buckeye Free Methodist Church. William died January 17, 1921 and Sarah passed away on March 24, 1936. Both are buried in the Liberty Cemetery. After William died, Myrta and her husband, Junius Brewster moved to the McDonald Homestead and lived there until Junius' death in 1952.

Willa Row was gone for a short time after her marriage and then returned to make her home with the Brewsters. Myrta and Willa lived on the family farm for sixty-seven years before moving to Phoenix. Myrta passed away on May 23, 1961 and is buried in the Greenwood Memorial Park in Phoenix.

  

SAMUEL REESE CONLEY FAMILY

Samuel Reese Conley was born May 9, 1848 in Van Buren, Arkansas the youngest son of Richard and Rosanna Stout Conley. The Family moved to California in 1860 and later to Oregon.

Sam met Mary Ann Hazelton in Napa, California while hauling wheat. Mary was born February 11, 1860, the oldest child of Richard Pierce Hazelton and Obedience Harer. The couple married in 1879.

Sam and Mary and their first child Elida, made a trip to Oregon where Pearl was born August 8, 1882. In 1883 the family took a three month trip by covered wagon with thirty head of Morgan horses to Payson where the Harer and Hazelton families were living. Sam used his teams for freighting supplies from Flagstaff to Payson in the summer and from Phoenix in the winter.

In 1889 Sam, Mary and the five girls, Elida, Pearl, Blanche, Ruby and Reesie came to Liberty where they lived in a two room house located near the river on Jack Rabbit Road. Sam was contracted to use his teams in construction of the Buckeye Dam and Canal.

Dick Conley was born while the family was in Liberty. When the canal was completed, the family returned to Payson but came back to live in Liberty after two more children, Ross and Nell were born. Once back at the family's original home, two more children were born, Ellis Dale and Lawrence.

The Conleys bought 120 acres from Green Harer which was their home place until the early 1920's. Sam died in 1902 and is buried at Liberty next to daughter Reesie who died in 1889 of whooping cough. Mary died in 1932 and also is buried at the Liberty Cemetery.

Pearl Conley met Henry Frank Couch at a social at one of the schools and they were married at the Liberty Free Methodist Church, December 25, 1904 by a lay minister, David Harer, who was a distant relative. The couple moved to Frank's ranch on Highway 85, two miles east of Buckeye, where they reared their seven children. The Dean and Terry Couch families live their now. Pearl reigned as the first Pioneer Days Queen in 1965.

  

ELLIS DALE CONLEY FAMILY

Ellis Dale Conley was born January 30, 1897 to Samuel Reese Conley and Mary Ann Hazelton Conley. His father was born in 1848 in White River, Arkansas and his mother was born in St. Helena, California in 1860. They were married in Silver Lake, Oregon in 1879, where her father was a missionary to the American Indians. Her father was also a freighter and a wheelwright. Samuel and Mary Ann migrated from Goose Lake, Oregon leaving in June 1883 and arriving in Tonto Basin in September of 1883. They traveled by wagon and stopped over in Winnemucca, Nevada for six weeks to nurse their thirty Morgan Horses back to health. They eventually moved to their Buckeye Ranch were Ellis was born, the tenth of eleven children. Part of the original ranch is now owned by his niece, Velma Benbow.

Ellis' father died in 1902, leaving a widow and eight surviving children to raise, the youngest only three years old.

Ellis attended Liberty School and then went on to high school in Buckeye. He married his schoolmate Ethel Jane Nichols on March 29, 1917 in Phoenix. Her parents, Horace Lee Nichols (1868-1958) and Rachel Epsie Caldwell (1874-1967) had moved to Liberty from Washinton when Ethel was sixteen years old, and they continued to live there until her father died. Ethel was one of eight children with two living brothers and two living sisters; Mildred Lacock, Fontana, California, Helen Pond, Phoenix, Elton Nichols, Gilroy, California, Francis Nichols, Mesa, Arizona.

Ellis and Ethel had five children: Bryan Lereese Conley, April 20, 1920 to December 12, 1920. Francis Curtis Conley, March 11, 1923 to March 23, 1923. Georgie Grace Conley, January 23, 1924 in Phoenix, Arizona, married Carl Konow. They have three children, Carla, Dale and Kevin. She later married Clayton Jackson and they now live in Hagerman, Idaho. Joyce Loraine Conley, February 18, 1937 in Escondido, California, married Jerry Gaines. They have three children, Lorrie, Kristine and Michael. Essie Jane Conley, November 16, 1933 in Phoenix, Arizona, married Jerald Johnson. They have four children, Gregg, Bradley, Cynthia and Elizabeth, they now live in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ellis and Ethel were both very active in the Free Methodist Church all the time they lived in Buckeye. Their home was always open to visiting minsters, missionaries, family and friends. Ethel was active in the Christian Temperance Union, Jail Ministry, Indian Ministry and held many offices in Christian organizations.

In the 1940's Ellis retired from ranching and moved to California for a few years. He resumed ranching in Nevada for several years before retiring again and eventually returned to live in Buckeye, where he died in 1976. Ellis and Ethel had been married 59 years. He was well known for his Irish wit and for his love of singing the "Old Cowboy Songs".

Ethel still resides in Buckeye.

  

E. M. "JACK" SHEPARD FAMILY

Elmer Marvin (Jack) Shepard was born in Waterloo, Alabama on January 29, 1888. He died in Buckeye, Arizona on March 13, 1965. His parents were James E. Shepard of Yorkville, Tennessee (1840-1904) and Martha Ann Lee of Florence, Alabama (1851-1928). He had seven brothers and sisters: James L., Edward, Willie, Minnie, Jessie, Vannie Odonia and Effie. Two brothers, Ed and V. O., came to the Buckeye Valley in 1907 before Jack arrived at the age of 21 in 1909.

Jack married Mildred Hattie Watkins July 7, 1917 in Liberty. Two months after they were married, Jack entered the service, serving eleven months in the states and eleven months overseas in France. He was a machine gunner at the front when the armistice was delcared and returned home to Mildred and a son, Elmer, whom he had never seen. They established their home in Liberty to the south, across the road from Liberty School, where Jack farmed and raised cattle. Jack and Mildred moved to Buckeye in the summer of 1928, into the red brick house located at the curve east of town and lived there until their deaths. Jack served on the PCA Board and Berkley Land Bank for 35 years, helping many new farmers get started. He also served on the school and water boards.

Mildred was born July 7, 1897 in Mesa, Arizona to David Franklin Watkins (1858-1935) and Nara L. Harer (1865-1929). They were married in Tonto Basin, Arizona in 1882 and moved to Mesa, then on to Liberty in 1903. Mildred had two brothers and two sisters; Johnny, Francis, Clara Lee and Nora Mae. Their first home in the valley was about 1/2 mile north of Highway 85 on Airport Road. Mildred's father, "Frank", was the livestock inspector and detective for Arizona in 1911. Mildred was truly one of the pioneer residents of the Buckeye Valley, having lived here 74 years. When Shepard Estates was being developed by her son, Elmer, she named the streets. She was a long time member of the Liberty Methodist Church and later was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church.

Jack and Mildred's family consisted of three boys and one girl, and all were born in Liberty and graduated from BUHS. Elmer Francis, born in 1918, married Kathryn Hill and has four sons; Marvin, James, Stephen and Gregory, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Glenna Mae, born 1920, married Charles Wilson and they have four children; Gary, Dale, Lori and Lisa and four grandchildren. Shirley Norman, born in 1923, married Betty Mayer. Ralph Stanley, born in 1925 and died in 1971, married Teresa Mulville and had two daughters; Marilyn and Denise and have five grandchildren.

  

WILLIAM ROBERT BELOAT FAMILY

William Robert Beloat, son of Robert Beloat and Mary Elizabeth Wright of De Queen, Arkansas was born October 27, 1861 and died February 20, 1954. He was the grandson of Thomas Wright and Mary McClindon Hunter.

Robert's father died while serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. On July 22, 1866 his mother married Isaac M. Collins. When Robert was seven his family left De Queen, Arkansas on a wagon train; driving oxen and herding cattle and headed west. They followed the Old Gila Trail across Arizona and crossed the Colorado River at Yuma. After laying over in Pine Valley, San Diego and various other California sites, the family setted in 1871 in the area that is now Pomona. Robert stayed with his family about ten years, hauling milk, bacon and hams into Los Angeles, The story goes that he found a $20.00 gold piece and used it to come to Arizona.

After arriving in Arizona he went to work for his Uncle John Wright in Williamson Valley near Prescott. He mowed wild hay and sold it to the U.S. Calvary at Fort Whipple. With the money, he bought 50 head of cattle and moved to the Buckeye Valley in 1886 with his Uncle John who had sold his ranch. He and his brother John worked on the newly surveyed Buckeye Canal. Robert filed on a homestead in Liberty and took up a Timber Culture allotment too so he would have more land.

Mary Lemyra Potter was born March 8, 1874 in Fayetteville, Iowa. She was the daughter of Mercie Voadisa Martindale and Erastus Leroy Potter. She came to Pleasant Valley with her widowed mother in 1881. Her mother married Reverend James Joseph Harer, who was a brother of our great grandmother Obedience Harer Hazelton. James and Mercie Harer with daughter Mary moved to Liberty, Arizona in 1889. Then Mary met and married Robert. The wedding took place under an elderberry tree on Beloat Road about one mile west of the old homestead on June 29, 1889.

The couple had fourteen children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All of them are grateful and proud of the legacy handed down by these courageous pioneers.

  

VERNON BELOAT FAMILY

Vernon Potter Beloat is a retired farmer rancher in the Liberty-Buckeye area. Vernon's parents came to Arizona in the late 1800's with their families and settled in the Liberty area. It was in Liberty that William Robert Beloat, born 1816 in Arkansas, and Mary Lemyra Potter, born 1874 in Iowa, married and settled to raise their family of fourteen children; five sons and nine daughters.

Vernon, born in 1900, was the sixth child born in the Liberty homestead. He attended liberty school which offered education through the tenth grade. He then enrolled in Lamsons Business College in Phoenix, graduating and returning in 1920 to the family farm ranch.

Alice "lucille" Walters, born 1903, one of nine children of Alexander Walters and Ida May Tipton, moved with her family from Arkansas to Liberty where she and Vernon met at the Liberty School. Lucille's family later moved to Phoenix, and she completed her education at Phoenix Union High School.

Vernon and Lucille were married in 1922 and set up their home at the Beloat farm ranch in Liberty where they would reside for most of their lives. They had six chilren; two sons and four daughters.

Luella May, born in 1923, married Bernard Baumgartner, an educator, and resides in California. They have three daughters; Kay, LuAnn and Sue who have given them five grandchildren; Hellee, Nicole, David, Melissa and Shane.

Donald Lavern, born in 1925, is retired from ranching. He married Joy Evelyn Jones of Buckeye, and they have four children, all residing in Arizona; Donna, Terry, Karen and Barbara. They have five grandchildren; Nikki, Steve, Ricky, Danny and Kevin.

Dorothy Belle, born in 1929, is married to Emilio Cuevas of Buckeye. She has four children; Brenda, Gaye, Della and Lester Dunning; and six grandchildren; Erica, Daniel, Amos, Crystal, LesLee and Timber.

Peggy Lucille, born in 1932, married Wesley Rainey of Buckeye. They have four children; Vera, Debbie, Ricky and Vickie; and six grandchildren; Wyatt, Owen, Rachel, Johnny, Breanna and Branden.

Marjorie Loriana, born in 1934, married William Taylor of Buckeye. They reside in California and have two children; Randy and Renee. They have three grandchildren; Aimee, Jason and Kristal.

Robert Lex, born in 1940, married Sandy Hewit of California where they reside with their two sons Les and Greg.

In addition to farming and ranching, Vernon was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Buckeye Irrigation Company for many years. Lucille was in charge of the Liberty School Cafeteria for twenty years and was school librarian and a member of the Buckeye Woman's Club.

Vernon and Lucille attended Buckeye Community Church.

  

WALTER BUTLER FAMILY

Walter Butler came to Arizona from his native state of Oklahoma to be a cowboy. It was about 1916 that Walter was hired by Warren Peterson, who was running cattle in the Saddleback Mountain area. Walter found he had a better knack for repairing the gas engines that pumped the water for the cattle than he had for riding horses. That led to a later career as an auto mechanic and dealer. Walter was helping to gather cattle on the Bob Beloat ranch near Liberty when he met Irene Beloat. They were married August 30, 1919. Walter ran a car repair shop in Liberty before moving to Buckeye, where he and Irene spent most of their lives.

Walter became a successful mechanic and was awarded the Ford franchise in 1927. The Ford dealership stayed in the Butler Family until 1962.

walter's love for mechanics led him to learn to fly an airplane in 1929. He was one of the first to own an airplane in this area, and many youth took their first airplane ride in his old Waco or Monocoupe. Walter became interested in instrument flying and was the 3rd person residing in Arizona to receive an instrument rating. His skill led him to be an instructor during WWII.

Walter was a member of several social and fraternal organizations including El Zaribah Shrine and the Phoenix Country Club. He was also very active in Buckeye civic affairs and Chamber of Commerce activities.

Walter and Irene Butler raised three boys; John, born in 1921 and died in 1942, Bill who was born in 1923 and Harold, born in 1930 and died in 1983. John was educated in Buckeye and California and became a naval aviator. His exploits in the Battle of Midway during WWII led him to be highly decorated and have a ship, the "John C. Butler", named for him. The ship was christened by his mother Irene in 1944. John lost his life in that battle.

Bill Butler married Patsy Patterson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bishop Patterson, who was an early day cotton gin manager in the valley. Bill and Patsy have three children; Bill, Jr., Leslie Irene and Byron.

Harold married Mary Lou Shoemaker, whose father was a druggist in Buckeye in the early thirties. Harold and Mary Lou have three children; Karen, Bruce and Kathryn.

All three boys of Walter Butler shared his love for flying. They all learned to fly at an early age and they all served their country as aviators.

  

JOHN BELOAT FAMILY

The second of fourteen children, John Beloat was born in 1892 to Bob and Mary Elizaberth Wright Beloat in Liberty, Arizona. He attended grade school there and Lamson Business College in Phoenix.

Loretta Parker, one of twwelve children, was born in Palo Verde in 1893 to Charles and Jane Parker. She attended grade school in Palo Verde and college at Tempe Normal School.

John and Loretta were married at the home of her parents in 1913. To this union was born four children; Lillian Alberta, Johnnie Mae, Kenneth Thomas and James Arthur, ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-great-grandchildren. John managed a meat market in Buckeye in the Ware Building. They later moved to Liberty where he farmed with his father and brother. When his father retired and moved to California, John and his brother Arthur ran the ranch. John and Loretta later bought the ranch and lived in the big house his dad had built.

When John retired, he sold the ranch to his daughter Alberta and her husband, Wallace Bales. The Beloats moved to Buckeye in 1958, becoming active residents of the town. John was elected to the City Council and served as Mayor for one term. He was also a life member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, active in the Cattleman's Asssociation and served on the Arizona Livestock Board. John died suddenly of a heart attack in 1977 at the age of 85.

Loretta served as president of both the Buckeye and Liberty Woman's Clubs. They were both active in the Liberty Methodist Church. Loretta died in 1978, at the age of 84.

  

WALLACE BALES FAMILLY

Wallace was born in Grangeville, Idaho, May 14, 1913. The Bales Family moved to Vicksburg, Arizona in 1918, then to Liberty in 1925. Wallace attended grade school in Liberty and high school in Buckeye.

Alberta Beloat was born March 24, 1915 in Liberty to parents, John and Loretta Beloat. Wallace and Alberta were married on February 21, 1934 in the home of her parents. To this union were born John Thomas, born July 10, 1937, Steven Earl, born October 4, 1940 and Loretta Ann "Sissy" Black, born October 23, 1943.

After the death of Wallace's parents, T. W. and Mary Moxey Bales, he farmed the family ranch in Liberty. He later sold it and went on to farm his own 80 acres and developed a ranch in Rainbow Valley of 1200 acres.

A few years before John Beloat died, Wallace and Albera bought the Beloat ranch, raising cattle and field crops. These ranches are still in production.

In 1976, they moved to a new home, 720 Eason, in Buckeye where they still reside, enjoying their retirement, family and friends. Wallace was active in the Arizona Farm Bureau, U.S. Soil Conservation and Arizona Cattlefeeders Association, plus various other organizations. His cooking skills with pit barbeques were famous all over the valley.

Alberta is active in the Buckeye Woman's Club Farm Bureau and Phoenix Cotton Wives. Both are active in the Community Church of Buckeye.

The Bales children gave Wallace and Alberta seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


    



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