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manager of the UJnited Electric Light Com-
pany of Springfield ; he married Maria Snow.
2. Ralph Fuller, February 23, 1887, educated
in the Springfield schools ; now studying in
the Student's League, New York City.



John Welch was born, lived and
WELCH died in county Galway, Ireland.

He came of an ancient and hon-
ored Irish family and was a respectable farmer.
He was a faithful Catholic in religion. He
married Mary Fallon.

(II) Patrick, son of John Welch, was born
in Ballaymacord, county Galway, Ireland, in
1828. He was the first of the family to come
to this country. With many of friends and
neighbors he joined the great emigration of
the forties caused by the Irish famine, making
the trip on a sailing vessel in a voyage lasting



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eleven weeks, surviving two wrecks, and land-
ing in Boston. He secured employment first
in the construction of what is now the Ded-
ham branch of the New, York, New Haven &
Hartford railroad. His wages at first were
but sixty cents a day but were gradually ad-
vanced as his strength and willingness to make
himself useful were manifested. He continued
to work on this contract until it was completed.
He made his home in West Roxbury, now part
of Boston, and as soon as his savings were
sufficient, embarked in business as a contractor
and stone mason. He was a skillful craftsman
and faithful in his work. He built many of
the cellars in that section and had the mason
work for many years of the Welds, Shaws and
other leading families. His last years were
spent in Roxbury in retirement in the home he
purchased there, having accumulated a modest
competence by years of frugal living and hard
work. He died in 1899. He was a lifelong
Democrat in politics and was a useful and re-
spected citizen. He married, at West Rox-
bury, Bridget McLaughlin, also a native of
Galway, Ireland, sister of Thomas McLaugh-
lin, witli whom she came to America in 1848.
and settled in West Roxbury, where her
brother is still living at the advanced age of
eighty-three years. He is one of the best known
Irish citizens of that section of the city, re-
taining in a remarkable degree his faculties
and physical strength which in his active years
gave him the reputation of being the strongest
man in West Roxbury. Mr. McLaughlin mar-
ried Bridget Cohen and their children were:
Catherine, Bernard. Thomas and Sabina.
Bridget (McLaughlin) Welch survives her
husband and lives in the West Roxbury home
in full enjoyment of her health and faculties.
She and her husband were faithful communi-
cants of the Roman Catholic church and liberal
contributors to its support. Children: I.
Katherine, died in middle life; married Henry
Carroll, who died before her, leaving no chil-
dren. 2. Mary, resides in Providence, Rhode
Island : widow of Samuel Murdy. 3. Helen,
lives at home with her mother. 4. Thomas F,
born March 6, 1855, mentioned below. 5.
Adelia, lives at home with her mother. 6.
Elizabeth, married E. Owen Keegan, of East
Dedham, foreman for her brother, Thomas F.
Welch. 7. Annie, married W. E. Hall, of the
grocerv firm of Wood, Pollard & Company,
Boston. 8. James, killed when a young man,
on the Dedham branch of the New York, New
Haven & Hartford railroad: he was a private



in the Forty-third Massachusetts Infantry,
and was promoted to sergeant for bravery at
battle of the Wilderness; was a carpenter and
contractor. 9. John, died soon after his mar-
riage to Catherine O'Neil ; was employed for
a long time by Colonel Russell, father of the
late fire commissioner; later he moved to Hart-
ford and there became a grower of tobacco.

(Ill) Thomas F., son of Patrick Welch,
was born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts,
March 6. 1855. He was educated there in the
public schools, and learned the trade of stone
mason of his father. Since 1880 he has been
in business in that section of the city of Bos-
ton as a stone mason and contractor. He has
had contracts for sewers, street improvements,
public and private buildings of all kinds, and
various other works requiring stone construc-
tion. He built the Roman Catholic churches
at Dedham and Hyde Park. In 1887 he was
appointed superintendent of streets in Dedham
and for a number of years filled this office
efficiently and satisfactorily. In 1889 he leased
the large Fisher estate at West Roxbury, con-
sisting of eighty-seven acres of land, and since
then has worked a quarry and stone-crushing
plant on the premises. This business was
incorporated in 1907 as the West Roxbury
Trap-Rock Company, Mr. Welch president
and treasurer, and this company has had many
public contracts for streets and sewer con-
struction in Boston and vicinity. He is a faith-
ful Roman Catholic in religion. In politics he
is an active and influential Democrat. He is
a member of these societies: Charter member
of St. Raphael Catholic Order of Foresters,
the Knights of Columbus, Citizens' Associa-
tion of West Rockford. He married (first)
March 1, 1881, Mary A. Welch, born March,
1856, in Ireland, of Irish parentage, died in
East Dedham. April n, 1885. He married
(second) in Dedham, in 1887, Margaret Dunn,
born in Canton, Massachusetts, of Irish par-
ents, who settled and died there years ago.
Children by first wife: I. Katherine A., born
February 1, 1882, educated in St. Joseph Semi-
nars'. Fmmettsburg, Maryland, where she won
several medals for scholarship, one being the
Jenkins medal established by the founders
and deemed one of the most desirable of all ;
married F. J. Long, of Charlestown ; children:
Frank and Eleanor Long. 2. Mary A., May
14. 1883, educated in St. Joseph Seminary,
making a specialty of art in which since gradu-
ation she has been very successful : married
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Cambridge, Massachusetts ; no children. 3.
Margaret, died in infancy. Children of sec-
ond wife : 4. Ellen, March 7, 1888, is a stud-
ent in Mount Holyoke College. 5. Isabelle,
October 31, 1889, died in 1893.



The Wittenauer family is
WITTENAUER descended from an an-
cient German family,
which has for many years been associated with
public affairs in the state of Baden, Germany.
They were an industrious, thrifty people,
always identified with the best class of public-
spirited citizens.

(I) Stephen Wittenauer was born in Sas-
bach or Sassbad, a village of Baden, seventeen
miles from Strasburg, Germany, in 1829. The
family was of the Catholic faith. He received
such education as was possible there in the
public schools, and in the early fifties set out
for the United States, while yet a young man.
After a long and tedious voyage in a sailing
vessel, he landed in the city of New York,
intending, however, to come to Boston. This
he soon did, and engaged as a machinist there
for the next five years. By strict economy and
saving he accumulated enough money to re-
turn to Germany to marry the maid to whom
he had become affianced, of his own village
and about his own age, Katherine Ernst. She
was also a Catholic and a descendant of an old
Baden family. After his marriage Stephen
Wittenauer settled in his native village, where
he lived the remainder of his life. His wife
died in 1869, aged about thirty-three. He died
in 1900. Children: 1. Joseph, mentioned
below. 2. Annie, born May 18, 1859, came
to the United States in 1877 and married Rich-
ard Voigt, an engineer, in Boston ; resides in
Dorchester and have two sons, Herman and
William Voigt. 3. Augustus, born October 12,
i860, came to the United States and established
himself as a shoemaker: resides in Jamaica
Plain ; married Annie Himmelreich and has
one daughter. Constance Annie. 4. Katie, mar-
ried Mathias Weisgold, and resides, a widow,
in Roslindale, Massachusetts, and has two sons,
George and William Weisgold. 5. William,
born 1867, machinist, came to the United
States in the eighties and learned his trade
here ; married Barbeta Fauth and has two chil-
dren, Annie and William.

(II) Joseph, son of Stephen Wittenauer,
received a good education in the public schools
of his native town. He came to the United
States in 1873 m tne good ship "Mosely," and



completed his education in Boston. He found
his first employment in the grocery and pro-
vision store of Mr. Ganter, a well-known dealer
of Boylston street, Jamaica Plain, as clerk.
Here he bent every energy to acquire a
thorough knowledge of every branch of the
business. In 1905, having saved enough to
form a neat capital, he decided to establish in
business on his own account, and opened a
store at 160 Lamartine street, Jamaica Plain.
From the very first day his success was most
gratifying. He catered to the best class of
trade, and soon found that his diligence was
paying him many fold. After a time his
elder children became associated with him in
the business, and constant success has followed
his efforts, his straightforward methods and
systematic habits being largely responsible. In
politics he is a Republican. He is a member
of the Royal Arcanum and the Boylston Schul-
Verein. A few years ago he bought a sub-
stantial home at 133 Paul Gore street, Jamaica
Plain, where he is surrounded by the comforts
of life. He and his family attend the Congre-
gational church. He is a member of the E. O.
H. He married, in 1883, Louise Littig, born
in Rheinpfalz, Germany, in 1862, of an ancient
German family of that place. She came to
the United States when a young woman, and
her mother having died her father followed
her to this country and settled in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, where he died in 1903, aged
sixty years. Children: 1. Joseph A., born
February 11, 1884, educated in the public
schools of Boston, and in 1905 was associated
with his father in business, where he is a very
industrious and valuable assistant ; while still a
young man he takes an active part in social
matters and is progressive ; is a member of the
Order of United Workmen, of the Owls Asso-
ciation, and other organizations. 2. William
S., September 5, 1885, educated in the Boston
public schools, is a jewelry clerk for the firm
of Shreve, Crump & Low, Boston. 3. Albert,
February 5, 1888, after completing his educa-
tion engaged with his father in the provision
business, lending all his energies for the con-
tinued success of the firm. 4. Herman Carl,
May 28, 1889, educated in the Boston schools,
and is also with his father in business. 5.
Elizabeth, January 20, 1891, educated in the
Boston schools, took a course in a business
college, is established as bookkeeper in her
father's store, where she has proved remark-
ably efficient in the advancement of her father's
interests.



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Heinrich Dunkel was born in
DUNKEL Hesse, Germany, of hardy

German stock, such as has
made Germany one of the foremost manufac-
turing and commercial nations of the world,
active, energetic, enterprising and progressive.
He was educated in the schools of his native
place and learned the trade of cabinetmaker.
He engaged in business on his own account
and achieved success of a substantial kind. In
the course of years he laid aside a comfortable
competence. He retired from business a few
years ago and he and his wife are now living
quietly and comfortably in the town of Brieten-
bach in which they have made their home for
many years. He has held various offices of
trust and honor and was mayor of his native
city for a period of fifteen years. Few men
have won a higher degree of popularity and
esteem among their townsmen and none have
deserved it more than Mr. Dunkel. He mar-
ried Augusta Moesta, born 1832, in Hesse.
Children: I. Rudolph, born July 14, 1859,
mentioned below. 2. Heinrich Jr., September,
1862, mentioned below. 3. George Frank,
March 6, 1866, mentioned below.

( II ) Rudolph, son of Heinrich Dunkel, was
born in the town of Brietenbach, Hesse, Ger-
many, July 14, 1859. He was educated in his
native province in the thorough fashion of the
German elementary and grammar schools. For
a few years he was engaged in business as a
liquor dealer, but the business proved uncon-
genial and he decided to make his home and
seek his fortune in America. Accordingly he
sailed on an Atlantic liner, landing in the city
of Baltimore, Maryland, September 13, 1879.
He went immediately to Richmond, Virginia,
and found employment in a bakery. With a
view of seeing the country and acquiring a
fuller knowledge of his trade, he went to
Cincinnati, thence to Chicago. Later he worked
in bakeries in New York City and Newport,
Rhode Island. In 1885 with the capital he had
saved he embarked in business as proprietor of
a bakery in West Roxbury, Boston. His ex-
perience and skill at his trade, combined with
a wise selection of location and a natural capac-
ity for business, have brought him success in
generous measure. From time to time he has
enlarged his store and facilities for baking on
Washington street, Roslindale, where he located
in 1887. His plant is said to be a model of its
kind as to cleanliness, equipment and con-
venience. He has taken rank among the sub-
stantial citizens of this section and from time
to time has invested in valuable real estate



there. He has an attractive residence at 14
Cohasset street. He is held in high esteem and
respect by his neighbors. He is a Republican
in politics. He and his wife are members of
the German Lutheran church. He married,
at Roslindale, July, 1884, Theresa Buchholz,
born at Baden, Germany, March 22, 1863,
daughter of Favier Buchholz with whom she
came to America in early life, and settled at
Dedham. Her father went to New Hampshire
and conducted a farm that he bought there
until he decided, on account of advancing age
to retire. He is now living in Boston. Chil-
dren of Rudolph and Theresa (Buchholz)
Dunkel: I. Henry William, born September
13, 1885. 2. Rudolph Frederick, November
17, 1886. 3. Charles Alexander, April 11,
1888. 4. George Frank, August 17, 1891. 5.
Walter Irving, January 8, 1896.

(II) Heinrich (2), son of Heinrich (1)
Dunkel, was born September, 1862, in Brieten-
bach, Hesse, Germany. He was educated in
the schools of his native town and is now a
school teacher of some note in Hesse.

(II) George Frank, son of Heinrich (1)
Dunkel, was born in the village of Brietenbach,
Hesse Cassel, Germany, March 6, 1866. He
was educated in the German schools and then
like his elder brother came to the United States.
He emigrated in 1880 to Richmond, Virginia,
and like his brother worked at the baker's
trade there. After three years apprenticeship,
he became associated with his brother in the
baking business he had established at Roslin-
dale, in Boston. He is a Republican in politics
and a Lutheran in religion. He married Hilda
Hansen, born in Christiana, Norway, August
28, 1873, of an old and respectable Norwegian
family. Her father was connected with a
large lumber manufacturing company as a
measurer of lumber. She came to this country
in 1889, lived for a time in Boston, and then
for four years in Richmond, Virginia, before
her marriage. Children: 1. Martha, born
April 25, 1895, in Boston, Massachusetts, died
aged ten years, six months. 2. William Otto,
Boston, August 6, 1896. 3. George Herbert,
Richmond, Virginia, March 10, 1903. 4. John
Albert, Boston, January 16, 1908.



George Imbescheid was
IMBESCHEID born in Hesse Darmstadt,

Germany, about 1790, of
an ancient German family. Like many of his
neighbors he learned the trade of weaver and
became a cloth manufacturer. Working indus-
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for his time, and though by no means wealthy
he enjoyed life and reared his family in com-
fort and plenty. He was strong of body and
gifted with mechanical skill and ingenuity, a
typical German craftsman, such as have
brought his nation to the front rank in the
mechanical arts and manufactures. He lived
to the age of seventy-six years, and died in
Germany. His wife was a faithful helpmate
and devoted mother, living to good old age.
Children: 1. Conrad, lived and died in his
native province in Germany. 2. Elizabeth,
married William Weigard ; they settled in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he became
a useful and successful citizen, prominent in
the German community of that city. 3. John,
mentioned below.

(II) John, son of George Imbescheid, was
born in the village of Hochweisel, Hesse Darm-
stadt, Germany, December 20, 1828. He was
educated in the schools of his native place and
learned the trade of weaving under the direc-
tion of his father, whom he succeeded in the
business of cloth making. He gave up his
trade afterward, and for many years was a
general contractor in his native province. In
1847, at tne a S e °f nineteen, he enlisted in the
regular army and served in 1847-48, fought in
many engagements, but escaped without a
wound. His later years were spent in the
United States, whither he came in 1881 at the
urgent request of children who had preceded
him, and he lived a quiet and retired life- among
his kinsfolk in Boston until his death in 1903
at the age of seventy-five years. He and his
wife were faithful and devout German Luth-
erans, as his ancestors had been before him
for two centuries or more. He married, in his
native village, Catherine Michel, born in 1829
in Hochweisel. She came with her husband
to Boston in 1881 and died there in 1906, aged
seventy-seven years. Children: 1. Margaret,
married Julius Keni ; they live in the west in
this country. 2. Elizabeth, married Frederick
Weiland (deceased) ; she owns a grocery store
in Jamaica Plain ; has four sons and two daugh-
ters. 3. John, born in Germany, February 4,
1857, mentioned below. 4. Henry, born in
Germany, 1859, died in Boston at the age of
forty- four years; married, in Boston, Chris-
tina Seifert, a native of Germany also; she
survives him; they had three sons and one
daughter. 5. George, born in Germany, 1863,
came with his parents to America in 1881 and
is employed by his brother John in Jamaica
Plain, where he resides; married, in Boston,
Frederica Loewen and has one child, John R.



6. Catherine, married Adam Bletzer, an engi-
neer ; they reside at Jamaica Plain. 7. Conrad,
died in his native village in Germany, from an
accident, falling from a tree. 8. Philip, came
to this country in 1881 with his parents and
lives at Jamaica Plain ; married Paulina Bohen-
berger.

(Ill) John (2), son of John (1) Imbescheid,
was born in Hochweisel, Hesse Darmstadt,
Germany, February 4, 1857. With his brother
Henry he came to this country in 1880. They
worked as laborers in a brewery for a time.
Then John, who was enterprising and ambi-
tious, invested his savings in the liquor busi-
ness. He began in a modest way as a whole-
sale dealer in wine and liquor with a small
bottling establishment. As business grew he
increased his facilities and at the present time
enjoys a large and growing business, employ-
ing many men and carrying an immense stock
of goods. He has also invested extensively
in real estate and owns valuable property from
201 to 207 Boylston street, Jamaica Plain. Mr.
Imbescheid's fair and straightforward methods
in business, his shrewdness and sagacity in
judging goods, in buying and selling, and his
natural executive ability have contributed
largely to his success in life. He is popular
personally and enjoys the friendship of many
men in all walks of life. He served in the
German army from the fall of 1876 to the
spring of 1880. He is a well known Free
Mason, a member of Germania Lodge ; Her-
man Lodge of Odd Fellows ; Germania Verein.
In politics he is a Republican. He and his
family are German Lutherans in religion. He
married, in Boston, May 13, 1883, Rosa
Fischer, born in Bavaria, Germany, August 2,
1856. She came to Boston in 1873 when seven-
teen years old, joining a sister who had come
to this country earlier. Her parents lived and
died in Bavaria. Children: 1. Elizabeth C.
M., born May 21, 1885, educated in the public
schools and graduate of the Felton Piano
School, after a four-year course. 2. Lewis
John, January 25, 1892, student in the high
school.



Benedict Ernst was born in Schut-
ERNST tern, a village in the province of

Baden. Germany, twenty-five
miles from Carlsruhe, in 1825. He was de-
scended from an educated German family of
some prominence in business as mechanics.
He was a successful wheelwright, and died in
his native town in 1893. He married Rosie
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there, and died in 1903. They were members
of the German Catholic church in Schuttern.
Children: 1. Lorenz, born August 8, 1847,
mentioned below. 2. Catherine, married John
Rarnst, a decorater and painter, and resides in
Schuttern, province of Baden, where they have
a large family. 3. Marion, married a German
in Mosbach, where they reside with their chil-
dren. 4. Benedict, born in Schuttern, educated
there, served as a regular soldier in the Ger-
man army for a term of years ; came to Bos-
ton, Massachusetts, in April, 1884; married in
Jamaica Plain, Emma Shubeck ; established
himself as a baker in Chelsea, where he died
in January, 1896; his widow married (second)
Don Page, of Jamaica Plain, a successful
jeweller on Green street. 5. George, living in
Baden, Germany, where he is a farmer ; mar-
ried but has no children. 6. Emma, born in
Baden, married John Beck, a shoemaker; re-
sides in Schuttern and has four children.

(II) Lorenz, son of Benedict Ernst, was
born in Schuttern, Baden, Germany, August
8, 1847. He received a good education in the
schools of his native town and completed a
course in the trade schools of that place. He
received his license as a baker when he was
eighteen years of age. The same year he
enlisted in the regular army and served three
years. Returning home, he made his plans
to engage in business as a baker, but soon
afterwards, in 1871, the Franco-Prussian war
broke out, and he at once enlisted as an active
soldier. He served with distinction in the
Fourth Infantry Regiment for two years. He
fought in many serious engagements, ten bat-
tles, including those of Worth-Bairmont. Sedan,
Strasburg and Metz. He was a non-com-
missioned officer in both the regular army and
in active service. He was seriously wounded
by a gun-shot in both legs, from the effects of
which he suffered severely in after life. At
the time of his discharge from the army, he
was confined in the hospital on account of his
wound. He was honored for his conspicuous
bravery by receiving from the hands of the
German Empress a fine meerschaum pipe, and
was also awarded two medals. In his youth
he was noted as an athlete, and was a fine
swimmer, winning the first prize in a great
aquatic contest at Kutomz. In June, 1873,
attracted by the exceptional opportunities for
the young man in America, he left his native
country and came to Boston, Massachusetts.
He started in as a journeyman baker, but in a
few years found an opportunity to establish
himself in business in Jamaica Plain. He



opened a bakery on Boylston street, near
Boylston station, and from the first the busi-
ness prospered. As the years went on, he was
able to purchase from time to time what was
then vacant land, which he improved, and he
left at the time of his death some very valuable
real estate in the business section of the town.
He was popular among his associates every-
where, and took an active interest in the affairs
of town and state. He was an active Republi-
can in politics, and a member of Germania
Lodge of Free Masons, and of the Royal
Arcanum. He died February 16, 1897. He
married, in Boston, April 28, 1874, in the Old
German Catholic Church, Marie Ham, born
in Schutterzell, Baden, Germany, September

24, 1850, daughter of Ferdinand and Fred-
erica (Bikle) Ham, of Baden. Her father was
a fanner all his life, born January 20, 1820,
died January 14, 1885. Her mother was born
March 10, 1821, and is still living on the old
homestead in Baden ; she is the mother of thir-
teen children, six of whom grew to maturity,
and five of whom are yet living; of these three
came to the United States — Frederica and
Paulina being married and living in Nebraska,
and Mrs. Ernst, above mentioned. Mrs. Ernst
came of pure German stock of high order and
good social standing. She came to America
three months after her husband, having been
betrothed to him before he left Baden. She
was a true helpmeet to her husband, excep-
tionally generous and good hearted. As an



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