Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Robert Welch (1873-1961)
Born at Brechin, Scotland on 15 July 1873, son of James Welch and Mary Ann Ingram, he was educated at the Stratford public and collegiate schools. He came to Canada in 1874 and arrived in Manitoba in March 1893 where he found work on a farm near Minto. The next year he started a shoe store at Boissevain. In 1898, he started the Welch’s Mens Wear store. He took semi-retirement in 1925 and concentrated on his farming interests near Boissevain.
On 25 November 1896, he married Elizabeth Hester Graham (1876-1950), daughter of James Graham, of Minto. They had five children: James Alexander Welch (1897-?), Mildred Hester Welch (1900-1971, wife of Eric B. Gowler of Boissevain), Marjory Belle Welch (1905-1928), Dorothy Alice Welch (1909-?, wife of R. M. Frame), and Graham E. Welch (?-1957). He served as Mayor of Boissevain (1905-1906), Chairman of the Boissevain School Board (1916-1929), and President of the Conservative Association of Turtle Mountain (1916-1929). He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election in June 1929, the vacancy being caused by death of the sitting member, Richard Gardiner Willis. He was re-elected in 1932, 1936, and 1941. He served as Minister Without Portfolio (1940-1945) in the Bracken government.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1934.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1961, page 33.
“Alexander Robert Welch,” Brandon Sun, 16 May 1961, page 15.
“Tribute to former MLA,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 1962, page 12.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 February 2020
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