William T. Balding

Image of Prohibition Agent Willie Teddie Balding
Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
November 16, 1932
Location of Death: 
San Francisco, CA
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Circumstances of Death

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 November 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.

Associated Artifacts: 
Image of telegraph regarding the death of William Balding
Image of newspaper article in San Francisco Chronicle, dated, November 17, 1932, with headline: Crash Kills S.F. Dry Aid, One Injured
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