Fonds - Welch family fonds

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Welch family fonds

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  • 1913-[ca.1925], 1965 (Creation)
    Welch (family)

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1 cm of textual records;10 photographs;1 filmstrip

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Albert George and Isabella Ann Welch and their children ( John L.T. (known as Lance), Albert V.E., Juanita L. and one other son) arrived in Nanaimo in 1908. Albert Senior purchased a farm in the Wellington area, raised animals for the fur trade and opened a feed business in Nanaimo, originally sited opposite the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway station. This site was later exchanged by the Railway Company for another lot further down Selby Street located near the Railway tracks. Around 1912, the Brackman-Kerr Milling Company bought out his feed business. Albert and his youngest son Lance opened the Welch & Welch Confectionery at the corner of Bastion and Skinner Streets. Later, they moved the business into one of the commercial spaces available on the ground floor of the Commercial Hotel. Lance died in 1921 and Albert sold the business shortly after. Albert continued to raise animals for the fur trade at the Wellington farm but lived in the City at 129 Milton Street. The fur trade failed in the Depression years and Albert decided to retire. During the late 1920's, he served on the City Council and was the Police Commissioner for a time. After Isabella's death in 1939, Albert moved to Lethbridge, Alberta and lived with his son Albert V.E. Welch. The house remained in the family. Albert returned home to Nanaimo in 1947 and lived with his daughter Juanita and her family until his death in 1953.

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Fonds consists of the records of the Welch family. The fonds is arranged in the following series: 1) Photographs; 2) Canadian flag materials and 3) Memorabilia.

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Series descriptions available. Item level descriptions of photographs also available. Online Finding Aid

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BCAUL control number: NCAI-242

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