Rella W. Balch


RELLA W. BALCH Balch was born in Sep 14, 1859, at Sheboyga Falls, Wis. His early yea were spent in a printing office and a general store He studied a term in general course at Madison. He came with his parent to Neillsville's north side, in 1880, where his father opened a store. Operating there for five years, they moved to Hewett and 6th Streets, later selling out to D. Tourigny hardware store (northwest comer of that intersection). Buying out his father's business interest, Balch went into partnership wit B. Tragsdorf and the firm was named Balch & Tragsdorf. Soon after, they built the large building an established the Department Store on the corner of Hewett and Fourth Streets.  In 1902, Balch sold his company interest to J. C Zimmerman and took a year's vacation. In 1903 with H. Heath, they formed the Balch & Heath Co.



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