DON CARLOS WELCH, auditor of the Southwestern Coal & Improvement Company, with offices at Parsons, Kansas, is one of the most prominent business men of the city, and occupies a high position in the estimation of his fellow citizens. He is a man of rare judgment and fine business ability, and although young, has had several years of valuable business experience. Since first engaging in the business, he has made rapid progress, and gained several promotions. He was born in Pike county, Missouri, in 1868.
Mr. Welch received his early mental training in Bates county, Missouri, whither his parents moved when he was quite young. He attended the public schools of that county, and later became a student in the Missouri State University. He subsequently taught school for three years with much success. In 1891 he entered the office of the Southwestern Coal & Improvement Company, and shortly afterward was promoted to the position of chief clerk. It was not long until he was again promoted, and became cashier. January 1, 1897, Mr. Welch was made auditor of the company, and this position he has continued to fill in an able manner ever since. He has won the confidence and respect of all who are connected with him in a business way, and is very popular among his fellow workmen and his social acquaintances.
Mr. Welch was united in marriage, in 1893, with Ethel Clifton, and they have been blessed with one child, whose name is Lorene. Mr. Welch has lived in Parsons, Kansas, since April 1, 1896, and takes an active interest in local affairs. He is a member of Parsons Lodge, No. 527, B. P. 0. E.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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