Hey, I think I've just made some progress on the Balko front.
I thought I'd check the California Birth Index, 1905-1995 to see if I could find "Joseph Barak Balko" listed therein. According to The Messenger (30 July 1931, p. 2), Princess Bonnie Balko was 2 years old and Prince Joseph was "six months" old. Now, we already know from the 1930 census that Bonnie Balko was born in 1929 in Texas, and Joseph had not yet been born since he was not mentioned as residing at Beth Sarim at that time. So I searched for "Joseph Balko" and found one hit that fits into the right criteria: Joseph Clark Balko, born on February 16, 1931 in San Diego, California. I don't know if "Clark" is a typo for "Barak" or whether "Barak" was an unofficial middle name, but this "Joseph Balko" was born about the right time (5 1/2 months before August 1, 1930) and in the right place. Now here is the interesting thing: The record says that Joseph's mother's maiden name is Polison. Now, if you might recall from the 1930 census, August Balko's wife was listed as Blanch P. Balko. So would this make her "Blanch Polison Balko"?
Well, so I thought I'd check the Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 to see if I could find Princess Bonnie. And there she was, easy to find: Bonnie Caroline Balko, born in Harris County, Texas, on November 18, 1929. Her father was listed as August Henry Balko and her mother was Blanch Poleson Horbole. Here is a copy of Princess Bonnie's listing:
Since this data presumably comes from birth certificates, this pretty much confirms that Bonnie's natural mother was Blanch. And we now have new info on Blanch's family. I tried checking for more info on the names Poleson/Polison and Horbole but have so far turned up emptyhanded. Now, could it mean that Blanch had an earlier marriage by having "Horbole" as a last name (while "Polison" was her maiden name)? Now, as you may recall, Blanch is from Missouri, and we've wondered if she knew the Judge's family or JF himself when he still lived in Missouri.
BTW, it seems possible that Prince Joseph is still alive....he is not listed in the SSDI or the CDI....