For two terms Ashlie Welsher served acceptably as county recorder and since 1911 has been engaged in the real estate
and insurance business in Knoxville and in the intervening three years has negotiated a large number of real estate
transactions and has written many insurance policies. He was born in Lorain county, Ohio, on the 8th of November,
1857, a son of Alonzo and Mary A. (Rowland) Welsher, who were natives of Monroe county, New York, and Lorain county,
Ohio, respectively. The paternal grandfather was Aaron Welsher, a native of New York who removed to Ohio and was
a farmer by occupation. The maternal grandfather was Wildman Rowland, a native of Massachusetts, descended from
Alonzo Welsher grew to manhood in Ohio and there learned the carpenter's trade. In 1852 he made the long and perilous
journey overland to California and remained in that state until 1855. In that year he returned east and in 1856
was married. In September, 1861, he brought his family to this county, locating upon a farm in Franklin township,
which he had purchased two years before. He continued to live here until his death, which occurred on the 17th
of July, 1914. In addition to operating his farm he conducted a saw mill. His political adherence was given to
the republican party and for three terms he served upon the board of supervisors. His widow survives and is well
known and highly esteemed in her locality. To them were born two children: Ashlie, of this review; and Bertram
R., who was killed in a railway wreck on the tst of October, 1900.
Ashlie Welsher received a public school education and in his youth also learned the principles of farming. After
starting out in life for himself he devoted his time to agricultural pursuits until 1901, when he removed to Knoxville
and in the fall of 1906 was elected county recorder. He performed so well the work devolving upon him in that capacity
that he was reelected in 1908. His second term expired on the st of January, 1911, and since then he has been successfully
engaged in the real estate and insurance business. He is a man of energy, foresight and sound business judgment
and these qualities insure his continued success in his chosen field.
On the 1st of November, 1882, Mr. Welsher was united in marriage to Miss Nannie J. 'Wilson, a daughter of Thomas
and Ellen (Newbrey) Wilson. Her father served in the Civil war, enlisting from this county, to which he had come
in the late '50s. He was married here to Miss Ellen Newbrey, a daughter of John Newbrey, who was one of the pioneer
settlers of the county but who in the '70s removed to Kansas, where he died when more than ninety years of age.
To Mr. and Mrs. Welsher have been born four children: Ethel, at home; Earl, manager of the lumberyard at Melcher;
Clinna, at home; and Don, who was born in 1894 and died in 1895.
The family attend the Congregational church and Mr. Welsher's political allegiance is given to the republican party.
Fraternally he is a member of Oriental Lodge, No. 61, F. & A. M., and Tadmor Chapter, No. 18, R. A. M. His
son Earl is a past master of Oriental blue lodge, a member of the Knights Templar commandery and the Mystic Shrine.
Mrs. Welsher is past matron of the Eastern Star and both daughters also belong to that order and the Daughters
of the American Revolution, Earl has been connected with the Iowa National Guard and has served as first lieutenant.
Mr. Welsher has made an excellent record as a public official, as a business man and in all relations of life and
enjoys the merited respect of his fellow citizens.
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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