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Welter, Nicholas W. and Emilie (DeSautel) Family

A research biography by Mary Kovarik, Walsh County Historical Society

Nicholas W. Welter (Nick) was born 8 Jan 187617,20 in Port Washington, Ozaukee, Wisconsin.  He was the fifth child of Nicholas P. and Catherina (Stemper) Welter. According to the 1880 Census3 the family had moved to Cass County, North Dakota, and by 18854 they were living in Acton Township, Walsh County, North Dakota, where the family finally settled.

Nicholas married Emilie Selina “Mellie” Desautel in Grafton, North Dakota in about 190416,20. They settled in Acton Township6,7,8,9,10 and lived and farmed until 1941, when they moved to Stephen, Marshall, Minnesota20.  Emillie Selina DeSautel was born in 1885 in Rural Walsh County, Farmington Township, the daughter of David and Selina (Robillard) DeSautel. Emillie was better known as Mellie..

Nicholas was a trustee of Oakwood Parish; director of the Acton Township School District for 35 years; served on the board of supervisors for about 30 years, and was a road supervisor and treasurer of the Acton Hall Association20.

Nicholas W. Welter died on 24 Apr 1946 at the age of 70 at his farm home in Stephen, Minnesota17,20.  He was buried on 29 Apr 1946 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Oakwood, Walsh, North Dakota17. Emillie was married the second time to Louis Shiligo in Napa, California, and there were no children of that marriage20. She died in 1972 in Napa, California20.  She died in 1972 and was buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Oakwood, Walsh, North Dakota17.

Emillie and Nicholas Welter had 2 children:

  1. Alice Welter: Born in 190820. Married Merlin Dipple20. They lived in Hallock, Minnesota20.  At one time Merlin was the mayor of Hallock20.  Alice and Merlin had 2 children; Lois and Joyce Dipple. Lois married Kenneth Pantzer. Joyce married Ralph Turner and resided in the Hallock area20.
  1. Earl Welter: Died in infancy.

 

REFERENCES

  1. 1860 US Census, Belgium, Ozaukee, Wisconsin
  2. 1870 US Census, Belgium, Ozaukee, Wisconsin
  3. 1880 US Census, ED 62, Cass, Dakota Territory
  4. 1885 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  5. 1900 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  6. 1910 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  7. 1920 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  8. 1925 ND Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  9. 1930 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  10. 1940 US Census, Acton Twp, Walsh, North Dakota
  11. 1910 US Census, Stockton, San Joaquin, California
  12. 1920 US Census, Oakwood, Walsh, North Dakota
  13. 1930 US Census, Oakwood, Walsh, North Dakota
  14. 1940 US Census, Oakwood, Walsh, North Dakota
  15. Wisconsin Birth and Christenings Index
  16. Index to Marriage Records, Walsh County, North Dakota
  17. Find-A-Grave.com
  18. Social Security Death Index
  19. Social Security Applications and Claims Index
  20. Obituary
  21. com Family Tree File
  22. Grafton Lutheran Church Records
  23. “Walsh Heritage” Vol 3, pg 603
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