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Monroe R. Balton

Monroe Balton, 1935

Monroe R. Balton was born on 02 Jul 1909 in Boley, Oklahoma, the son of Monroe and Laura Lee (Romby) Balton. The 1910 census finds him living in Boley, Oklahoma, where his mother taught public school and his father was a Public Works laborer. By the 1915 state census, the family was living in Kansas City, Kansas, where Monroe Sr. had a restaurant.

On 09 Sep 1930, he entered Kansas State Agricultural College, pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine. He listed Jacob Romby, of Kansas City, Kansas, as his parent or guardian.

He lived at 1101 Colorado during his first three years, living at 822 Yuma and 1012 Yuma, respectively, during his final two years.

He graduated from K-State on 27 May 1935, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, he moved to Wichita where he initially worked for fellow Sigma Thomas Gilbert Perry, before opening the Balton Small Animal Hospital. He worked with the Wichita Stockyards, Riverside Zoo and the polo ponies at the Wichita Country Club.

Monroe Balton died on 08 Jul 1964 in Wichita. His survivors included his widow, Edith Balton, and three sons.

Monroe Balton, Phi Beta Sigma membership certificate

Courtesy of Monroe Balton's family

Sources of Information:

K-State Transcript
K-State Directory, 1930-1934
1910 Census: Oklahoma - Okfuskee county - Boley - District 136
1915 Kansas Census: Wyandotte county - Kansas City Ward 3
Social Security Death Index
Obituary: Wichita Eagle, 10-11 Jul 1964