Biography of Edgar A. Welch
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Welch, Edgar A., was born at Pownal Vt., August 17, 1837, son of Josiah Welch, a farmer and who was also born in that town. The first American ancestors of this family were from Holland, and settled in Connecticut. His great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary war, was taken prisoner by the British at the battle of Hubbardton, Vt., made his escape and rejoined the federal forces at the battle of Bennington, Vt. Mr. Welsh is also a descendant of the famous Baptist preacher known far and near as " Elder Bennett." He is a veteran railroad man having entered the employ of the Troy & Boston Railroad at a time when a horse was used to pull cars between Hoosick Falls and Hoosick Junction. He worked his way steadily toward the top; among the various positions held, we mention, two years in the depot at North Adams, several years as brakeman, two years as general baggage master at Troy and eight years as conductor on a train between Troy and Rutland. He was also station agent at Williamstown, Mass , and Hoosick Falls. While engaged in coupling cars in 1871, at Valley Falls, he was severaly injured. In 1881 he relinquished life on the rail, and was five years foundry foreman for the Hoosick Malleable Iron Co. In 1887 he opened a store for the sale of meats, fish and oysters, in which business he is now engaged. Mr. Welch has been twice married .and has three children, Frances Ione, the wire of Capt. C. W. Eddy, Elmer E. and Bertha May, the wife of Clarence B. Solomon. His first wife and mother of his children was Sarah Daniels of Hoosick Falls. Her death occurred on the fiftieth anniversary of her birth, and in the house where she was born. His second wife was Annie E. Sweet, with whom he is now living. Mr. Welch is a member of the First Baptist church, a member of Apollo Lodge F. & A. M., of Troy, N. Y., Democratic in politics. He has read the Troy Press for forty years.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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