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Nicholas Welsch was born in one of the Rhine Provinces in Germany, where he married Theresa Leipertz and in 1888 the family came to America and located at Ford City, Pa., moving from there to Ohio in the following year, and the father securing work in the coal mines at Jacksonville. He took out his first citizen's papers immediately after coming to this country, at Kittanning, the county seat of Armstrong County, Pa., and his second papers in 1893, at Athens, the county seat of Athens County, Ohio. While living there his wife died. He survived her and now resides with his son, William, at Monarch. There were many children beside William in the family, he being the eldest, namely: Hubert; Nettie, the wife of William Heiser; Harry; Gertrude, the wife of John L. Mandt; and others who died in infancy.
William M. Welsch attended school in Germany for seven years before coming to America and for a short time afterward - long enough to learn the English language - and in 1889 became a miner in Jacksonville, O., where he was rapidly advanced, being appointed a mine foreman in 1901. In that capacity he came to Kanawha County in 1904, for the same company, the Ohio Sunday Creek Coal Company, and continued in their employ until July, 1910, when he came to the Monarch people. Mr. Welsch has been a hard working man all his life and has exercised prudence and forethought and is in comfortable circumstances.
On December 31, 1901, Mr. Welsch was married to Miss Mary Hatfield, a daughter of Theodore and Mary Hatfield, and they have two children, William and Dorothea. He is a member of three important fraternal organizations: the Red Men, the Foresters of America and the Woodmen of the World.