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Chester Arthur Welch
B: April 18, 1880 in Union City, Indiana
M: April 13, 1900; July 22, 1911 Jay County, Indiana
D: August 22, 1973 in Pasadena, California
Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cem., Glendale, CA

Notes: Chester's first wife was Cora L. Smail, daughter of George Smail and Emma Dailey. Cora was born in Indiana in December of 1881. Chester and Cora married April 13, 1900 in Randolph County, Indiana. They had two children. (See Below) Chester and Cora's divorce became final on August 26, 1910, and it was noted in the Union City Times in Randolph County, Indiana. Cora died sometime after this in Indiana.

On the 1900 Federal Census for Mississinawa Township, Darke County, Ohio, Chester is living with his parents and listed as married. His wife is not shown with him on the census record.
On the 1910 Federal Census for Union City, Randolph County, Indiana, Chester is listed as living with his sister, Daisy Pearl Welch Hoover, James Hoover (her husband) and Donald A. Welch, Chester's son, age 8, born in Indiana at 930 Division Street.
Chester was living at 234 Portland, Jay City, Indiana, when he regisitered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was 38 years old at the time and an insurance agent.
Mary Elizabeth Fields
B: December 14, 1886 in Penneville, Jay County, Indiana
M: July 22, 1911 Jay County, Indiana
D: January 8, 1971 in Pasadena, California
Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cem., Glendale, CA
Parents: Otis Fields and Elizabeth Briggs
Notes: On the 1920 Federal Census Mary and Chester are living at 228 Walnut Drive, Portland, Jay County, Indiana, with their two daughters.

On the 1930 Federal Census, the family has moved to California, and now appears in Temescal, Riverside County, California. In 1930, Chester's occupation is listed as a Carpenter, building houses with his brother Thomas Perry Welch. Later, Chester owned a Soda Fountain in Drug Store in Pasadena, California.

Children of Chester Arthur Welch and Mary Elizabeth Fields
1. Margaret Elizabeth Welch
B: June 26, 1912 Ohio
M: Between 1931 - 1935
D: April 22, 1985 Pasadena, California
Spouse: Lee Roy Carlson
2. Leona Laverne Welch
B: October 10, 1915 California
M: After 1940
D: November 5, 1995 Crestline, California
Spouse:Donald Dennis Pope
3. Barbara Jean Welch
B: July 15, 1927 Narco, California
M: July 7, 1944 Wee Kirk of the Heather
Spouse: Charles Theodore Jones
See Photo of Margaret, Leona, and Barbara Welch
Children of Chester Arthur Welch and first wife Cora L. Smail
1. (Male Child) Welch
B: July 23, 1900 Union City, Randolph County, Indiana
D: July 24, 1900 Union City, Randolph County, Indiana
Buried: Lisbon Cemetery, Randolph County, Indiana
Note: Death noted in Union City Times, July 27, 1900: Died - Infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Chester Welch, 7 miles North of Union City on July 24. Interment Lisbon.
2. Donald A. Welch
B: 1902 Indiana
D: After 1940
Spouse: Genevieve 'Jennie' Green

Note: On the 1910 Federal Census, Donald is living with his aunt and uncle - James & Daisy (Welch) Hoover in Randolph County, Indiana. On the 1920 Federal Census, Donald is living with his grandparents, David & Mary Brown, in Jackson Township, Randolph County, Indiana.

Donald enlisted in the United States Navy on November 17, 1942, and served in WWII aboard the USS Princeton. He was a seaman second class. Service No. 386-37-23.

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