Settler of township lots: Lot 23, Conc. 3, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the former Art Hive at 10239 Hwy 118, Algonquin Highlands.
Land acquisition: 1935 Thomas Arthur Welsh from his father, William Welch
Other land: Lot 23, Conc. 2, Stanhope 1956 from Richard Fry; 1967 to W Ray & Maralylene Welch
Dates of residency:
Thomas and wife Leitha Welch occupied a cottage on his father's (William Welch / Fanny May Jones) land. Thomas assisting with the farming. After his mother's death, Thomas and his family moved into the large house with William.
Thomas was employed as the township Clerk Treasurer for 40 years which he did from his home and then later at the old school. In addition, Thomas operated Welch's Store and started trucking groceries to customers about 1933 as most folks did not have an automobile. Thomas also had one of the first 'touring' cars in the area. Source: Maple Lake Memories by Marvel Welch, Karen Eager and Sharon Lynch.
See Welch's Store / Ninatigo Cottages
Preceding landowner: 1886 This lot was purchased from William Welsh for $300. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 395).
Link to Settlers of Algonquin Highlands family tree
Photo 1; Thomas Welch. Source: Maple Lake Memories by Marvel Welch, Karen Eager and Sharon Lynch.
Photo 2: Marvel Welch & family on the porch. Source: Maple Lake Memories by Marvel Welch, Karen Eager and Sharon Lynch.
Photo 3: Tom Welch house at Maple Lake
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