Captain of the San Jose Guards
Capt. George Welch was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1837, which country he left in the spring of 1853, coming to Malone, New York, with an older brother, where he completed his education. In 1857, during the Fraser River excitement, he came to California, and went to the mines in that locality in the summer of 1858. He resided in British Columbia about nine years, where he was connected with the police department of Victoria, but resigned his position on the force to accept one in the Bank of British Columbia. He was sent with Edwin Russell to establish a branch of this bank at Caribou, and the managers of the bank showed their confidence in him by giving him charge of the gold escort of the company, the treasure consisting of gold-dust from Caribou, to New Westminster (then the capital of British Columbia), and coin and notes back to Caribou. Later he was appointed Inspector of Police at Victoria, which position he held for three years. At the expiration of that time the two governments of the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia consolidated, and Captain Welch came to California. After coming to San Jose, he engaged first with Wells, Fargo & Co., where he remained a year, and then opened a produce business in partnership with Andrew Baraco, in which he continued for more than a year, when he engaged in his present business of general life and fire insurance, real estate, and money loaning, with E. P. Reed. After continuing in business with this gentleman for fifteen years, Mr. Reed retired, and Captain Welch associated himself with E. M. Rosenthal, the firm now being Welch & Rosenthal, who are doing an excellent business in the Linden Block, in the same room with the San Jose Mercury office.
Captain Welch was married, in 1862, to Miss Kate Rielly, a native of
Cork, Ireland, who came to this county with her grandmother, her
parents having died when she was an infant. There have been born
to Captain and Mrs. Welch five children: Annie M., Mary E.,
George, Kate, and John M. The eldest is married and living in
Hong Kong, China. The others still reside with their
parents. Captain Welch was once a member of the Ninth Regiment of
United States Infantry, and later he was Captain of the San Jose
Guards, an independent militia organization. Captain Welch’s
parents are still living, his father being eighty-nine, and his mother
ninety-six years of age.
From The Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California,
Illustrated. - Edited by H.
S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.
Transcribed by Kathy Sedler
Proofread by Betty Vickroy