Thompson E. Welch is well known as the proprietor of a general store at Columbia, conducting one of the largest
establishments of that character in Marion county. His birth occurred in this county on the 12th of March, 1878,
his parents being James and Eliza (High) Welch, the former a native of Iowa and the latter of Indiana. They reared
a family of nine children and all are still living with the exception of Fred, who was drowned at the age of nineteen
Thompson E. Welch acquired his education in the common schools and spent the period of his minority under the parental
roof. Subsequently he started out as an agriculturist on his own account and successfully followed farming for
eleven years. On the expiration of that period he disposed of his property and embarked in the mercantile business
at Russell, in Lucas county, but sold out at the end of eight months, though he remained there for two years. He
purchased a store in Columbia, in March, 1913, and there he has carried on business as a general merchant continuously
and successfully since, being the owner of one of the largest establishments of the kind in the county. He displays
a comprehensive and carefully selected stock of goods, which he sells at reasonable prices, and a liberal patronage
is accorded him. In addition to his double store building, Mr. Welch owns a residence in Columbia and also eighty
acres of land in eastern Kansas.
In 1903 Mr. Welch was united in marriage to Miss Cora C. Simmons, a native of Marion county and a daughter of Leonard
and Anna (Maddy) Simmons. Her father still survives, but her mother has passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Welch were
born six children, namely: Frances, Sylvia, Lois, Forrest and two who died in infancy. The wife and mother died
on the 2d of July, 1914, and her remains were interred in the Indiana cemetery.
Mr. Welch is a republican in politics but has never sought nor desired office as a reward for his party fealty.
Fraternally he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to the camp at Russell. In both business
and social circles he has become popular and is widely recognized as one of the esteemed, representative and enterprising
citizens of his native county.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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