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Pioneer Daughter Buried Monday
Life Time Resident Of Baker County
Funeral services for Clara Welch 91, Haines, were conducted at 1:30 pm Monday Nov. 15 at West & Co. Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Mathews of Haines officiating and interment following at the Haines cemetery.
Mrs. Welch, the daughter of Mr. Alonzo Long, a pioneer who crossed the plains by Oxen in a covered wagon from Illinois with his parents, and Julia Ann Taylor Long, a native Oregonian from Linn County, was born February 24, 1874 at Rock Creek. She passed away at her home in Haines November 10. She had been a life-long resident of Baker County except for a few years in Portland and Los Angeles.
Her father first settled with his parents in Linn County where he met and married her mother and moved to Baker County and settled in the Muddy Creek area and became one of the leading men in the cattle industry in the county. He operated a grain handling establishment in Haines from 1899 on. From the Long family, one brother, Arch Long, is the sole survivor of a family of fifteen children.
Mrs. Welch was married to Wm. James Welch in Baker on January 24, 1891. She was a charter member of Haines Baptist church.
Surviving are one daughter Mrs. Emma Fisher of Haines; two sons, Ray Welch of North Hollywood, and Roy of Glendale, California; by two grandchildren, Dr. Jerry Welch of the Air Force in Labrador and Dolly May Welch Umbarger of Riverside, California; by seven great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews.
Her Husband, W. J. Welch, preceded her in death in 1931 as did two grandsons Richard Lee Welch and Kenneth Fisher.
Friends who wished contributed to the Haines Baptist Memorial Fund.
Source: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, November 18, 1965 page 6
Contributed by: Belva Ticknor