This is a great portrait of Dr. M. E. Welch, who was Hood River County's veterinarian in early twentieth century. We previously saw his 1925 funeral procession. You can read there about his friendship with Buffalo Bill and Robert Louis Stevenson.
I read about a 1918 inventory of dairy cows he conducted. He concluded there were twice as many automobiles and trucks in the county (700) as dairy cows (350). I think I would have enjoyed talking with him.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Hood River Glacier article on Dr. M. E. Welch and his friendship with Robert Louis Stevenson
Jeffrey W Bryant on 23rd June 2020 @ 7:12am
If they ever want to make a movie about him, call Jake Gyllenhaal.
Harold on 23rd June 2020 @ 9:29am
WOW.....amazing connections for a HR vet...….one of the things that has not changed over the years is the great benefit of connections.
Arlen Sheldrake on 23rd June 2020 @ 10:45am
L.E. on 23rd June 2020 @ 1:27pm
In the 1910 census, M.E. Welch is listed as divorced and living in east HR on Oak St.
History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon. Compiled by Mrs. D.M. Coon
MICHAEL EDWARD WELCH SR.
M.E. Welch was born in Ohio in 1856. At the age of nine years he ran away from home joining Costello's circus as a bareback rider. At that time the Costello circus was one of the most popular in the Mississippi Valley, and while in their employ he traveled extensively all over the United States. After leaving the circus he became a meat cutter working in the markets of both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Later he took a course in a veterinary school and received his diploma.
In his travels in the West he met Wm. Cody, usually known as "Buffalo Bill" and a warm attachment sprang up between them. In later years when the famous scout visited Portland, Doctor Welch went to see him and they enjoyed a happy reunion in recalling old times, Robert Louis Stevenson and Eugene Field wore both friends that he met in his travels in the West.
He came to Hood River in the year ____ in company with Hank Button and fam-ily, and here he soon made himself indispensable to the community by his work as a veterinarian.
In 1912 he was married to Mrs. Maude Cohen of California, thus becoming step-father to her two children, Fred and Ivy. In 1917 Ivy, a beautiful and lovable little girl died, leaving the parents inconsolable at their loss.
A son, Michael Edward, Jr., was born in March 1918. Mr. Welch was a lover of horses, and long before his death said that when he died he wanted to be drawn to his last resting place by horses. While skilled in all work pertaining to his profession, he was an authority on pedigreed horses and all that pertained to them.
He was not a rugged man, but never suffered from severe illness, dying on March 17, 1925, in his chair at his office in the Fashion Stables, without a moment's warning. In accordance with his request, horses were used for drawing the hearse. He was buried in Idlewilde Cemetery, the numerous friends present attesting to the esteem in which he was held, Rev. Miller of the Episcopal Church had charge of the services, which were conducted from the Bartmess Chapel. Besides his wife and sons in Hood River, he leaves a son, Hank Welch of Stillwater, Minnesota. This son of Dr. Welch and a former wife, is a married man with a family and is part owner of the Stillwater Messenger founded in 1856, and is also in the insurance business in Stillwater.
Dr. Welch was outspoken against wrong but very modest and unassuming among his fellowmen, possessing a warm generous heart ever loyal in adversity.
MICHAEL WELCH, JR.
Michael was born at Hood River in March 1918, attended the public school where he was a very promising pupil and well liked by his playmates. He was taken sick in the spring of 1929 and died of heart failure in August of the same year, leaving a lonely and sorrowing mother.
L.E. on 23rd June 2020 @ 8:17pm
Thanks L.E. Good to know more about one of our good citizens.
nels on 23rd June 2020 @ 10:07pm
When the world gets up and running again, he would be a good candidate for the Cemetery tales.
Charlott on 25th June 2020 @ 7:12am
Michael Edward Welch, Jr. was born when his father was 62 years old.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 11th July 2020 @ 7:25pm