Obit: Welsh, John Joseph (1912 - 1935)

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Surnames: Welsh, Weber

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 26 Dec. 1935

Welsh, John Joseph (21 May 1912 - 1935)

John Joseph Welsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Welsh was born in Neillsville, May 21, 1912. He attended Neillsville schools and graduated from high school in the class of 1930. During his course he took part in many of the activities, played football took part in school plays, was a member of the band and was assistant manager in preparing the high school annual. Notwithstanding his many activities in school he took every opportunity to fine employment outside, clerking in Unger’s shoe store and doing other work.

In the fall of 1930, he entred Notre Dame University, studying there for a year and a half. Becoming ill he underwent an operation and was unable to continue his studies the remainder of the year. In September 1932, he entered Marquette University, in Milwaukee to take up pre-medical work, this present year being his second year of the regular medical course. His progress in thie very strenuous course had been excellent; he was devoted to his studies and looking forward with enthusiasm to the time when he would enter upon his chosen profession.

Joseph was a young man of finest character, high minded, modest in manner, but having a clear and concise mind. All who knew him were glad to know of his progress and hoped for his success. The deepest sympathy is felt for the stricken family. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o’clock at St. Mary’s Church, Rev. Fr. P. Weber officiating.

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Another article before Mr. Welch’s obit explains the death do to an auto accident. The beginning of this article is cut off.

There appears to have been no eye witness to the accident and a number of versions have been offered, although it is generally agreed that the falling snow probably blinded the driver. Mr. Ebeling stated that he belives a car just ahead of the Welsh car had "kicked up" a cloud of snow, blinding Mr. Mech as he passed, and in turning back ?? the concrete was not free of snow toward the edges and autoists were keeping mostly to the center of the pavement to be on solid footing.

Mrs. Mech, with whom the Press talked this morning (Thursday), said she did not know much about the accident. She said she suddenly saw a car loom up in front of the Mech car on "our side of the road" and then I don’t remember anything more until I work up in a farm house." When asked if they passed a car just ahead of the Welsh car she said she didn’t think there was any car ahead of the one they struck. Mrs. Mech also said she didn’t know wheter they were traveling fast or not. She reported that Mr. Mech showed slight improvement at the Marshfield hospital although he is still in a critical condition. Mrs. Mech escaped with slight injuries to her legs.

It is reported tht an examination of the two wrecked cars showed that the speedometer of the Mech car had stopped at 81 miles an hour, although it was pointed out that it would be quite likely that the indicator might have been jarried to that point by the impact. It also was stated that the speedometer in the Welsh car stopped at about 40 miles on hour.

Several who looked over the scene of the accident stated that from the positions of the cars it would indicate that the Welsh car was on the right side of the road when struck.

The death of these two fine young men has plunged the entire community in sorrow and in every home the spirit of Christmas has been saddened by the tragedy.

The funeral services for Mr. Welsh will be held from St. Mary’s Church at 9 a.m. Friday and the services for Mr. Belifuss will be held from the Schiller’s Funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday.



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