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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Edwin B. Welch

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 71 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Edwin B. Welch, who has conducted the Welch Motor Car Company of Utica, in partnership with Harold F. Lovett, since 1921, is widely recognized as one of the successful, enterprising and progressive young business men of the city for whom the future holds bright prospects. A native son of Utica, he was born on the 23d of July, 1894, his parents being William F. and Mary A. Welch of this city. The father, who is now living retired, was engaged in the brewing business in Utica for many years under the name of the Gulf Brewing Company.

In the acquirement of an education Edwin B. Welch attended the Utica Free Academy and Mercersburg Academy of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, being graduated from the latter institution in 1914. He was a student in Colgate University during the two succeeding years and then became associated with his father in the conduct of the Gulf Brewing Company, with which he continued his identification until 1920. It was in that year that he embarked in the automobile business, purchasing the Studebaker agency from Andrew K. McLuney. In 1921 he admitted Harold F. Lovett to a partnership in the enterprise, which has since been conducted as the Welch Motor Car Company. A gratifying degree of success has attended this undertaking, for Mr. Welch is a young man of excellent business ability, sound judgment and forceful, attractive personality who has won public confidence and support.

On the 14th of November, 1916, Mr. Welch was united in marriage to Miss Ella Matt, daughter of F. X. Matt of Utica. Mr. and Mrs. Welch have become parents of two children: Joan Matt Welch, whose birth occurred on November 16, 1918; and Robert Edwin, born July 16, 1924.

A Roman Catholic in religious belief, Mr. Welch is a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes church. He also belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, to the Greek letter fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, and to the University Club.

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