Edward A. Balz

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Edward Andrew Balz (September 14, 1871–May 8, 1944; aged 72) was an employed by the local offices of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

City Council

Balz was a member of the City Council's Board of Alderman from 1911 to 1912, representing the Third Ward.


Balz was a Protestant and a Democrat.

  • City Fire Department
  • Charlottesville Lodge No. 389
  • Benevolent and Protective order of the Elks


Balz was born on September 14, 1871 in Charlottesville, the son of Henry J. Balz and Mary Hartman Balz. He married Margaret Lee Fretwell in 1907, she died on December 14, 1918 (aged 39–40) in Washington DC. Balz later married Elizabeth Queen Walker (April 19, 1901 – October 19, 1978).

Edward’s father, Henry J. Balz emigrated from Germany on February 25, 1840 at the age of seventeen. At the outbreak of the war he gave his services to the Confederacy. He saw service at Fort Sumter and later was in the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, Henry returned to Charlottesville, where, on April 7th, 1870 he married Mary Hartman. He remained in Charlottesville until his death, which occurred on October 25, 1902. Henry was instrumental in organizing the Monticello Guard, and was for many years Second Warden of the Volunteer Fire Department. [1]

Balz died in Charlottesville on May 8, 1944 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery. He was survived a daughter, Margaret Hartman Balz Sprung (1923–1989) and a brother, Dr. Albert G. A. Balz.[2]

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