Biography of Dr. Jacob R. Welch
Allen County, OH Biographies

JACOB R. WELCH, physician, Spencerville, was born at Cuba, Ohio, March 16, 1859, about a month after the death of his father, Jacob Welch, who was the only practicing M. D. in Cuba at that time. Not having his father's care, our subject was early thrown upon his own resources, and while still a youth was employed by a large firm in shipping stock during the summers, and in the winter season attending school. He entered the college at Fort Wayne, in the fall of 1870, and graduated in the commercial department at the end of a four years' course. He then engaged in teaching for three years in succession. He also attended the normal Schools of Valparaiso, Ind. At the age of eighteen years he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. C. B. Stemen, of Fort Wayne, with whom he remained two years; and afterward attended Fort Wayne College of Medicine, graduating March 1, 1882. He immeately entered upon the practice of his profession at Spencerville, in partnership with Dr. C. B. Rice, whom he bought out six months later. Although young, he has been more than ordinarily successful. and has obtained a business which usually follows years of hard labor. As an evidence of the confidence placed in his skill as a surgeon, be was appointed, November 28, 1883, as surgeon of the C. & A. R. R. Co. His education and property are the result of his own efforts; from the age of ten years he was the support of his mother, who died November 15, 1883. He was married May 7. 1885, to Miss Mollie Miller, daughter of Harvey Miller, of Warsaw, Ind.

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