I have a Robert Earl Bales, no dates on him yet, but one of his brothers was born 1921 in Champaign County, IL.
The only Bales I have in Mountain Home, Arkansas, is Ellen Margaret Bales, b. 9/26/1914 in Champaign, IL, d. 7/3/1994; married Ervin Earl Cain, b. 11/7/1912 in Oskaloosa, Clay County, IL, d. 1/7/1994.Both died in Mountain Home, AR and were buried in Tucker Memorial Cemetery.I have Ellen traced back three generations on the paternal side to John William Bales.
Both of these persons are apparently my first cousins once removed, on my father's side.