Saturday, January 27, 2007

Noted Connellsville Historian Loses Battle with Cancer

William "Bill" Balsley

CONNELLSVILLE - William "Bill" Balsley reveled when he was asked a question about a landmark or a historic event tied to his beloved hometown of Connellsville.

His knowledge of the city's past was expansive and if he immediately did not have the answer, somewhere in his vast collections of photographs, documents and other memorabilia it would eventually be found.

The man who was known to many as "Mr. Connellsville," died early Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Balsley, 90, was born and raised in Connellsville and a 1934 graduate of Connellsville High School.

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