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William T. Balding

Name:  William T. Balding

Date of Birth:  1903

Date of Death:  11/16/1932

Location of Death:   San Francisco, CA









Prohibition Agents William "Teddie" Balding and William P. Goggin were on routine patrol in San Francisco when a delivery truck crashed broadside into their Government car at 7th and Folsom streets.  The agents and the truck driver were ejected from their respective vehicles during the crash.  All three men were rushed to Central Emergency Hospital. Agent Balding died at the hospital without regaining consciousness.  Agent Goggin was later transferred to the Marine Hospital and made a full recovery. The truck driver was arrested and charged with manslaughter.


Agent Balding joined the Bureau of Prohibition on 11/12/1929, and served in the Monterey and San Francisco, CA offices.  He carried badge #1450.  Agent Balding was a veteran of both the U. S. Navy and the U. S. Army.


Agent Balding was born in Albion, IL.  He was survived by his wife, Margaret and daughter, Maxine.