Martin J Blink
M, b. December 17, 1873, d. January 1966
- Birth: Martin J Blink was born on December 17, 1873 in Iowa.
- Death: He died in January 1966, at age 92.
Charles Edward Blink
M, b. August 3, 1878, d. June 23, 1929
- Birth: Charles Edward Blink was born on August 3, 1878 in Iowa.
- Marriage: He and Kathryn L Phelan were married on June 9, 1907.
- Death: Charles Edward Blink died on June 23, 1929, at age 50, in Iowa.
Kathryn L Phelan
F, b. July 1881, d. 1945
- Birth: Kathryn L Phelan was born in July 1881 in Iowa.
- Marriage: She and Charles Edward Blink were married on June 9, 1907.
- Death: Kathryn L Phelan died in 1945, at age ~64, in Iowa.
F, b. April 1, 1881, d. November 25, 1949
Family: William Welp (b. March 10, 1854, d. October 21, 1925)
- Birth: Rosa Blink was born on April 1, 1881.
- Death: She died on November 25, 1949, at age 68.
M, b. March 10, 1854, d. October 21, 1925
Family: Rosa Blink (b. April 1, 1881, d. November 25, 1949)
- Birth: William Welp was born on March 10, 1854.
- Death: He died on October 21, 1925, at age 71.
- Note: William Welp
A man who boldly faces the responsibilities of life and by determined and untiring energy carves out for himself an honorable success exerts an influence on the general community that does not quickly vanish. To such men life is so real that they find no time to plot either mischief or vice. Their lives are bound up in their duties; they feel the weight of their citizenship and take pleasure in sowing the seeds of uprightness. Such has been the career of William Welp, one of the progressive and influential agriculturists and stock men of Washington township, Marshall county, well known proprietor of beautiful "Evergreen Stock Farm," one of the "show places" of this section of the country.
Mr. Welp was born in Jo Daviess county, Illinois, March 10, 1854. When fifteen years old he came with his parents to Marshall county, Iowa, and settled with them in Jefferson township and he has continued to reside here, having witnessed and taken part in the wonderful growth of the locality. His father B. H. Welp, became the owner of two hundred and forty acres of good land here which he brought up to a high state of cultivation and became well-to-do and was a highly honored citizen in the early history of the county. He was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1809 and he died in Jefferson township, this county, in 1883. They were the parents of four sons and three daughters, as follows: Garret H., born in 1842, died in 1873; Mrs. Teressa Lemker, born in 1846, died in 1910; Clemons, born in 1849, died in May, 1872; William, of this review; Christina Renger, born in 1857, residing in Kossuth county, Iowa; Joseph, born in 1861, also lives in Kossuth county; Katie Mayer, born in 1865, also lives in the above named county.
William Welp grew to maturity on the home farm which he worked when a boy and attended the public schools during the winter months. He was married on February 21, 1884, to Rosa Blink, who was born in Eden township, Marshall county, April 1, 1861, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Halter) Blink, the father born in Germany, March 29, 1834, and the latter in France, July 15, 1836. Mr. Blink emigrated to America in 1852, and located in DeKalb county, Illinois, coming on to Eden township, Marshall county, Iowa, in 1860, and locating with his wife at Rhodes, being among the pioneers of this locality. All of their children, named below, were born in Eden township, with the exception of George, the oldest, whose birth occurred in Illinois, on January 15, 1859, and whose residence is still at Rhodes; Rosa, wife of Mr. Welp, of this sketch; Lewis, born October 5, 1862, lives at Melbourne; Anna Retz, born October 4, 1864, lives at Anoka, South Dakota; Albert J., born February 2, 1867, lives in Eden township; Leopold, born December 28, 1868, lives in Eden township; Clara Marshall, born February 17, 1871, lives at Henrietta, Oklahoma; Martin, born December 17, 1873, lives at Rhodes; Ida Elliott, born August 5, 1876, lives at Newton, Iowa; Charles, born August 3, 1878, lives in Eden township.
To Mr. and Mrs. Welp eight children have been born, named as follows: H. B. and Mrs. Margaret Rosemeir, twins, the former living in Washington township and the latter in Eden township, were born December 12, 1884; R. J., born March 14, 1887, lives in Washington township; Catharine, born May 18, 1890, lives with the two preceding brothers on the farm in Washington township; Edward, born December 13, 1892, is assisting his father in the care of his business interests at Haverhill; Ida Mary, born August 18, 1895, died in early infancy; William, born December 11, 1898, lives at home; Vincent, born September 30, 1903, is attending school at Haverhill. All these children have had the advantages of a good education in the parochial schools at Haverhill and the family belongs to the Catholic church at that place, being faithful and liberal supporters of the same. Fraternally, Mr. Welp is a member of the Knights of Columbus at Marshalltown. He served as trustee of Logan township for six years in a very credible manner.
Mr. Welp has been very successful in a business way and he is one of the substantial and influential business men of the county. Besides his valuable "Evergreen Lawn Stock Farm" in Washington township, he owns fine farming land in Eden and Logan townships, embracing in all six hundred and eighty acres of soil as rich as this noted and greatly favored county can boast, and on this land are three sets of substantial buildings, and all the land is under a high state of improvement and cultivation. A splendid grade of various kinds of live stock is handled, which, owing to its superior quality, always finds a very ready market. In addition to the above mentioned holdings, Mr. Welp owns a modern, attractive and commodious home in Haverhill, equipped with every late convenience and tastily furnished. He recently purchased the lumber and coal yards at the same place, and an extensive business is carried on in both lines. Mrs. Welp is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land at Kingfisher, Oklahoma. For the benefit of her health she and Mr. Welp spent six months on the Pacific coast and in the mountains of the West in 1910.
This is one of the highly honored and esteemed families of the county, for they have ever borne reputations above reproach, been public spirited, hospitable, charitable and gained the confidence and good will of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances through their well ordered and useful lives.
Joseph Louis Heyrman