Archive for April, 2009

After contacting the Golden Valley Historical Society in North Dakota, within two days I have received contact from a woman there in Beach ND, whose great-grandfather was Charles Welch. She is related to us, not by blood, but through Charles’ adoption of her grandmother after his second marriage around 1909. Below are some extracts of [...]

Here are two North Dakota obituaries for my great-grandfather Charles O. Welch, father of Frank and Ruth, and first husband of Margaret Wilder-Welch. The Beach Advance, May 30th, 1919 Chas. O. Welch Succumbs To His Frightful Burns Popular Beach Citizen Not Strong Enough To Resist Dread Tetanus All Business In Beach Suspended During the Hour [...]

Our Other “Cousins” from North Dakota – Charles Welch’s Second Marriage

I contacted the Historical Society of Golden Valley North Dakota today, which covers Beach, ND. They have quite a number of original Charles O. Welch photographs there and quite a bit of information. The woman I talked to, knew of him right away. She also asked if I was related to “the LaSalles,” a family [...]

Frank Wilder, Sr. – The Wizard of Oz Connection

Well, I guess I have your attention on that one. But yes, it is true. My, and maybe your, great-great-grandfather Frank Wilder (Sr.) was a printer for several newspapers in what is now South Dakota and North Dakota. In Aberdeen, SD, he was instrumental in starting some progressive newspapers, and one of them with author [...]