Welch, Elmer 1862-1934 Edmeston Obituary
The community was greatly shocked Sunday morning to learn of the sudden death about five o'clock that morning of Elmer Welch at his home on South Street. Although he had been in failing health the past two years, he had seemed to be gaining for some months past and had been about the village streets the Friday prior to his death. He was taken ill Saturday and was being cared for by Miss Mabel Simmons. Death came from a sudden heart attack early Sunday morning as mentioned.
Elmer Welch was born in the town of Columbus, March 10th, 1862, the son of Charles Murray and Emily J. Simmons Welch. When a child he moved with his parents to Edmeston where he has since made his home, being one of the oldest business men of the community. He served the township as the first road superintendent under the Cass System and the first permanent roads in this village were built under his supervision. He also was in the lumber business and owned and managed a number of farms in this vicinity as well as village property. For a number of years he was a building contractor.
In 1886 he was united in marriage with Miss Ella Simmons who died in 1903. In 1907 he married Mrs. Sarah Lull Dennison who died about six years ago. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Edmeston and of the Farmers Lodge of Edmeston.
Surviving are four brothers, Hayes Welch of Edmeston, Bert, Leon and Blane Welch of Leonardsville and one sister, Mrs. Bert White of Edmeston, besides several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held privately from his late home on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. J. F. Weinhauer, former pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Interment was made in Union Cemetery.