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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

William Arthur Balbach

William Arthur Balbach

1881 - 1945

William Balbach was born in Grand Rapids in 1881. He planned to be a painter or illustrator and studied with Mathias Alten. He accepted an opportunity to enter a designing studio to gain supplementary knowledge and discovered his life’s work. In the old Phoenix Furniture factory he worked under the tutelage of David Walcott Kendall. Later he designed for Luce Furniture, and was associated with Mueller Furniture as a designer in 1939. He died August 20, 1945.


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First NameWilliam Arthur
Last NameBalbach

Information above from Grand Rapids Public Library, Coll. 255-3-7; Coll. 204-7. Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI. 

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