100 Years Ago Today

On March 2, 1913, one hundred years ago today, Irene Vera (Balla) Sebok (1913-2006), my maternal great grandmother, was born in Le Roy, Genesee Co., New York the daughter and fifth child of Hungarian émigrés, Alexander Balla (1886-1950) and Julia Molnar (1885-1962).

The Balla Family Bible shows a birth entry for Irene, with her name shown in its Hungarin form as “Balla Irenke.” This record also shows her godparents, the names of which appear to be “Rimar, Istvan” and “Balog, Juliska.”

Balla Family Bible: Birth Record for Irene (Balla) Sebok

Balla Family Bible: Birth Record for Irene Balla

Interestingly, “Bufolo, Ny” is written in blue ink presumably as the birth location. This note was incorrectly added many years later (after 1962) by Irene’s older sister, Ima Helen (Balla) Creech (1911-1998). The family did briefly live in Buffalo, New York, but not at the time of Irene’s birth. The family also lived in Brooklyn and Rochester before relocating to Texas by February 1915. Irene grew up in Texas before relocating to California, where she married Albert Sebok (1903-1968).

Irene (Balla) Sebok at 80 years old

Irene (Balla) Sebok at 80 years old

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