CHESTER E. WELCH
Not only is Chester E. Welch well known and highly respected, but he is among the most prominent business men of
Merced. As the senior member of the firm of Welch & Griffin, undertakers, he has become well known as a man
of broad sympathies and kindly nature. The firm occupies the entire lower floor of the Masonic building and is
thoroughly equipped to handle their business in the most modern way and with up to date methods.
Chester E. Welch was born on a farm in Kansas, July 9, 1886, a son of C. R. and Flora (Winches) Welch. The family
came West when our subject was a child of two years and located in Salem, Ore., where they lived for fourteen years,
then removed to Medford, Ore., and from there to Baker City and thence to Portland. During all these years the
father, C. R. Welch, was engaged in the furniture and undertaking business. He sold his business in Portland, Ore.,
and removed, with his family, to Oakland, Cal., where he successfully conducted a furniture and undertaking business
until his retirement; he still has large interests in this line of business in Oakland and there makes his home.
Chester E. Welch received a grammar and high school education in the schools of Oregon and from the time he was
sixteen years old was associated with his father in business, learning the undertaking business in a thorough manner.
Mr. Welch located in Merced in 1915, when he bought the undertaking business then operated by Mr. Nordgren and
the firm became known as Welch & Company; later he sold an interest in the business to W. M. Griffin, who died
in 1924, and was succeeded by his widow Mrs. Lulu Griffin. The firm still conducts business under the name of Welch
& Griffin. Some few years ago Mr. Welch became interested in agriculture and has invested considerable money
in farming land adjacent to the city of Merced.
The marriage of Mr. Welch united him with Miss Josephine Reuder, a native daughter of Merced. Mr. Welch has been
deputy county coroner for many years and is now serving as county coroner and public administrator. He is a Republican
in politics and fraternally is associated with the Elks and the Moose, and he is an active member of the Chamber
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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