The December 19, 1962 obituary notice said that she was a Monrovia resident for 22 years. This may have been an error, or a reference to her residence at 159 Stedman Place. The February 15, 1963 obituary said that Mary had "made her home in Monrovia, Calif., for the past 40 years."
It had crossed my mind that Heath could have answered "Yes" whether Mrs. Rutherford was living at Beth Sarim or Monrovia, Los Angeles, as both are in California. I discounted that because the question was whether she lived "in the California residence" so there was no doubt which residence Mr. Bruchhausen was referring to, but I agree it's unfortunate he didn't specify Beth Sarim.
I would recommend the Moyle transcripts for anyone interested in the 20th century history of Jehovah's Witnesses. There are even insights to the 1916-1922 period when Mr. Van Amburgh gives his testimony. And, yes, there is plenty of humour. Here is a brief example where Matthew Howlett is being cross-examined by Mr. Bruchhausen on his use of alcohol :
Q. Did you ever take a drink? A. Yes, when I got a chance. Q. Some of the other boys around there like to drink, too, don't they? A. Pardon? Q. Some of the other boys around Bethel like to drink, don't they? A. I don't know. Q. Didn't you ever go out with any of the boys? A. Not to drink. Q. Where did you get the drink; inside? A. Inside of where? Q. Bethel. A. No, I had my drink outside, mostly. Q. In a particular place? A. No, not in a particular place. Excuse my smiling. Q. Did you ever get it in bottle form? A. I have had a bottle of beer, yes. Q. Nothing stronger than beer? A. Oh, yes. Q. You mean you have had something stronger than beer not from the bottle? A. Yes, I think I have taken it out of the bottle. Q. And that is at Bethel, isn't it? A. No, sir. Q. Where did you get the bottle? A. I didn't get the bottle. Q. Where is the bottle that you referred to? A. Out in a lumber camp. Q. So there are no bottles... and at this point the judge had had enough and told them to get on to the next point.
Once again you've come up trumps! Well done and thanks for your hard work. There are a few interesting points the census of Beth Sarim reveals. First, that Bonnie's mum was not with her on this occasion that she was living at Beth Sarim (although she testifies that her mum did accompany her to Beth Sarim). Secondly, that Donald Haslett's wife did not accompany him to Beth Sarim. I can understand that there wasn't enough work there to keep additional family busy but it does seem unhealthy to me to be separated six months every year.
And interestingly, the daughter of August and Blanch Balko was named Bonnie. Was she named after Bonnie Boyd? ...The Balkos and Bonnie Boyd must have known each other quite well.
Now, this is interesting. Bonnie Balko was 4 months old at the time of the 1930 census, and "nearly two" at the end of July 1931. So she must have been born about September/October 1929. Now, Beth Sarim was only built at the end of 1929 and Rutherford first moved in on January 13, 1930. This means the Balko's must have known Bonnie "quite well" before they moved to Beth Sarim. There are two possibilities that occur to me. First, that Rutherford had spent the winters in San Diego under the care of "Dr." Alta Eckols since 1926 and as Bonnie had doubtless accompanied him she and the Balko's may have become friends then if they were residents of San Diego. The other possibility is that August Balko may have known, or even be related to Bonnie, who also apparently came from Texas. It would not surprise me if Bonnie had a hand in them being caretakers at Beth Sarim.
If our Joseph Balko was the one born on March 21, 1932, then he died in 1996. A different Joseph Balko, resident of San Diego, CA, died in December 2003, but I don't think this is our Joseph Balko.
I can confirm that their son was called Joseph Barak Balko, and must have been born in late 1930 or early 1931 as he is mentioned in The Messenger of July 30, 1931, published for the Columbus, Ohio convention of July, 1931. So it seems he is still alive, in his mid-seventies and probably the last living link with Beth Sarim.