Biography of James M. Welsch
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JAMES MAYBURY WELSCH, of the widely known engineering firm of Giraud and Welsch, now engaged in construction and designing of an important character, was the chairman of the committee which placed the license law for professional engineers and land surveyors on the statute books of New York State, and he was founder of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, which he has served as president since its organization. He and his partner, Charles Frank Giraud (whose record accompanies this), are in the front rank of engineers in the Metropolitan district today.

James Maybury Welsch was born July 27, 1887, on Lawrence Street, Upper Manhattan, New York, son of John Frederick and Margaret (Maybury) Welsch. The father was born in New York in 1860, where he died in 1926, and the son of Wolfgang Frederick and Rubina (Danzberger) Welsch, the father the first man to establish a brewery in New York City and the first to set up there a rye bread bakery, was himself for many years proprietor of a wholesale rye bread bakery, which distributed the popular "Bloomingdale" bread. The mother was born in Scotland in 1863, daughter of James and Margaret (Mitchell) Maybury, and still enjoys good health. Three children were born to John Frederick and Margaret (Maybury) Welsch: 1. Wolfgang Frederick, married to Juene Lester, and they have five children: Robert William, John Frederick, James Lester, Winifred, and Ruth. 2. Marion Esther, married to Clarence A. Tileston. 3. James Maybury, the subject of this sketch.

Good educational opportunities were afforded James Maybury Welsch, who attended Public School No. 154, which he completed, and Morris High School, from which he graduated. He then took a course in bookkeeping and stenography and typewriting at Bird's Institute, after which he entered Cooper Union Institute, where he completed the four year day course in Civil Engineering, graduating June, 1910, with the degree of Bachelor of Engineering, and in June, 1913, received his degree in Civil Engineering. After wide engineering experience, he associated himself with Mr. Giraud in the present partnership of Giraud and Welsch, engineers and surveyors, with offices and draughting rooms at No. 470 East Tremont Avenue, The Bronx. As each partner is a licensed engineer for the States of New York and New Jersey, and licensed city surveyors by the city of New York, the firm is recognized as fully qualified for the most important and responsible of work. The excellent training each partner has received confirms the advanced position occupied professionally by the firm. Such construction as the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre at One Hundred and Sixty eighth Street and Broadway is entrusted to them, as is the Psychiatric Institute, the Theodore Roosevelt High School in The Bronx, and the New York Training School for Teachers. The partners have also been invited to develop transit projects for various civic organizations, and their activities extend throughout New York, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

An able and keenly interested president of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Mr. Welsch perceives for it the same objective as that of the medical and bar associations; i. e., the raising of the general standards of requirement for entering the practice of the profession and the standardizing of remuneration commensurately with the quality of the service. As a means to this end, law enforcement was to be made more strict, if possible, by the society's effort. A meeting, presided over as chairman by Mr. Welsch, was held to discuss the amalgamation of this society with members of the uptown medical and bar associations. The chairman reported that the organization in 1920 resulted in the preparation of a report which requested a graded increase in the salaries of men in the engineering and surveying professions of from twenty to seventy three per cent, which figures are indicative of what the Society hopes to accomplish. The Society is also to function as State headquarters for surveyors and engineering groups in New York. Mr. Welsch was president of the Day Alumni Association of Cooper Union in 1922-23, and retains an active membership. He is a member also of The Bronx Board of Trade and Lodge No. 1323, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Patchogue, Long Island, and the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

On June 9, 1915, in old Saint Ann's Church, on Saint Ann's Avenue, The Bronx, James Maybury Welsch was married, by Rev. Dr. Stevens, to Violet Amelia Leube, daughter of Randolph Paul Leube, born in Manhattan, New York, and his wife, Amelia Agnes (Heupper) Leube, born in New York in 1863, died in 1925.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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