By Richard Karns Guest Columnist
I, like many of you, didn’t know the Balch family. I, however, did know their great-great-grandchildren, Betty Clark Pontz and Ron Clark. Betty asked if I would write an article on Newton A. Balch, her great-great-grandfather on her mother’s side, and I agreed. This article is written from Betty’s account, photos, written material and the Balch family tree dating back to 1579.