"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Welch, Thomas F. one of the earliest settlers of Vilas County now living, was born at Stevens Point, Wis., July 4, 1861, son of William and Margaret (COURTNEY) WELCH, who were both natives of Ireland. He was education in the public schools of his native city, after which he took up lumbering. During his career in this industry he followed it in all its branches, working as lumberjack, cruiser, camp runner, riverman, and in many other capacities. In 1882 he came to Lincoln County which then included Vilas and Oneida and worked for McCord & Wright, Scott & Stewart, Scott & Brazell, and other lumber and logging companies, besides, working as a guide in the lake region. In 1898 he took a homestead of approximately 63 acres in Section 2, of what is now the town of Cloverland, and this property, which is located on the bank of Brazell Lake, has ever since been his home. The land was all wild when he acquired it, but he has developed a considerable portion of it, and is still working along those lines. He also works with his team at logging and skidding during the winter months. He was assessor of the town of Cloverland for one year, and in other ways has taken a useful part in the public affairs of his community. Mr. WELCH was married during the winter of 1893 to Sarah SWEENEY; Mrs. WELCH passed away in 1902, leaving no children, and Mr. WELCH has never remarried. His brother Michael made his home, with him until being called by death July 5, 1922. Mr. WELCH is well known throughout the county, and is highly respected by all.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 743-744, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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