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Glenn O. Balch

Glenn O. Balch, American author. Recipient George Washington Memorial awards Freedoms Foundation, 1954, 56, 57, Recognition award for contribution to Idaho children Idaho Library. Association, 1989; featured in Idaho Authors Room Boise Public Library. Served to lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945, China.


  • Balch, Glenn O. was born on December 11, 1902 in Venus, Texas, United States. Son of Glenn Olin and Edith (Garrison) Balch.

  • Education

    • Student, North Texas State Teachers College, Denton, 1923. Student, University Texas, 1924. AB, Baylor University, 1924.

      Postgraduate, Columbia, 1937.


    • Bank clerk, 1923-1924. Forest ranger United States Forestry Service, 1924. Newspaper reporter, traveling correspondent Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, 1926-1929.

      Free-lance magazine writer and publicity, from 1929. Assistant to the United States Sen. John Thomas (Idaho) prior to W.W. World War II.


    • Viking dog
    • Olaf, a Norwegian Elkhound, runs the bravery and loyalty of his ancestors, but Olaf is raised in a commercial kennel and learned early to distrust all men.
    • Horse of Two Colors
    • Mots-kay and Pan-sook, two Indian youths, had been prisoners in a small Spanish settlement in the American Southwest for nearly a year.
    • Buck, Wild
    • Traces the first four years in the life of a wild mustang stallion with an unconquerable urge to be free.
    • Lost Horse
    • withdrawn library, usual marks stamps,dust jacket missing, solid reading copy


    Served to lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945, China.


    • Married Faula Mashburn (divorced 1935). 1 daughter, Betty Lou. Married Elise Kendall, May 15, 1937.

      Children– Lynne Kendall, Mary, Olin.
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    Born December 11, 1902
    Died September 16, 1989
    (aged 86)
    • 1923
      North Texas State Teachers College
    • 1924
      University Texas
    • 1924
      Baylor University
    • 1937
    • 1923 - 1924
      Bank clerk
    • 1924
      forest ranger United States Forestry Service
    • 1926 - 1929
      newspaper reporter
      Boise, Idaho, United States