CHARLES C. WELSCH
Welsch, one of 3 boys and 7 girls, was born in Tusclovis, Ohio, on
January 29,1861 to German immigrants Frederick and Elizabeth Welsch.
When he was five the family moved to Muscatine, Iowa. Here he
married Minnie Lampe. To them were born Gertrude (1890) Ruth (1891)
and Harry C. (1895). The family moved to a farm southeast of Grant,
Iowa, then to a farm a mile west of Elliott. Charles C. had bought
this farm from the United States in 1891. He cut corn out of a
cornfield to build himself a home and outbuildings. The house is
still occupied by members of the family. Ruth is the only surviving
child of Charles C. Welsch. Gertrude (Sundquist) died of burns in
Idaho in 1916. Minnie died in 1919, Charles C. in 1949, and Harry C.
in 1951. All are buried in Hillside Cemetery at Elliott. “Grandpa”
(Charles) was known far and wide for his stories and people using
his tall tales have won prizes from ice cream to shoes to a new car.
Ruth married Fred Ellis. To them were born Clem G. (1913) of Lemon
Grove, Calif.; Myrle Sauerman of Des Moines (1918). Clem has two
children, Edward Jay and Barbara and two grandchildren. Myrle has
one daughter, Sherri. Fred died in 1961 and is buried at Hillside
In 1916 Harry C. Welsch
married Edna C. Hand who was born May 26, 1897 near New London,
Iowa. Their children were Charles Franklin born March 19, 1922;
Margaret Jean born December 18, 1923, and Frederick Dean born August
served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was in New Guinea
and the Philippines from 1943-1946. On December 28, 1946 he married
Betty Marie Braden (born March 29, 1923) in Elliott. In 1951 they
moved to the Welsch farm where Charles still farms. They have one
daughter Candace (Mrs. John Tischer) and a grandson, Christopher
Margaret Jean married Max Lee Miller (b. May 16, 1924). They live on
the Miller farm in Pottawattamie County. They are parents of Marla
(Mrs. Douglas Turner) and twin sons who died shortly after birth.
They have four grandchildren: Michelle, Barbara, Dawn and Mark
1945 Frederick married Lorraine Whittaker (b. March 17, 1929) of
Griswold. They now live in Red Oak where he is a barber. They are
parents of Elise (Mrs. Gary Erickson), James, Fred, Malia and
Tricia. They have two grandchildren: Matthew Erickson and Danika
and Frederick are well-known in the area as baseball players. Betty,
Margaret and Candace are teachers in the Elliott vicinity presently
employed in the Griswold Community System.