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Helen Josephina Welhouse

F, b. January 30, 1919, d. August 9, 1937

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St John High School Yearbook 1936

Biography

  • Birth: Helen Josephina Welhouse was born on January 30, 1919 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on August 9, 1937, at age 18, in Murdered.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old/1/30.
  • Note: Appleton Post-Crescent, August 10, 1937

    Barker Pleads Guilty of
    2nd Degree Murder; Sent
    To Prison for 14-25 Years

    Whople Court Procedure Lasts Less Than Thirty Minutes
    Signs Confession
    Youth Wanted for Slaying Girl Arrested Last Night

    Glen Barker, Arrested about 6:39 last evening on Wisconsin avenue after a day and night of wandering, this morning pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Helen Welhouse and was sentenced by Judge Edgar V. Werner to spend from 14 to 25 years in the state prison at Waupun.
    The whole procedure took not more than 30 minutes. Barker was arraigned before Judge Fred V. Heinemann in municipal court at 10:15, was bound over to circuit court and before 10:45 the young man heard his sentence.
    Barker had very little to say. Ansering questions from Judge Werner he said he was 24 years of age and had never been in trouble before. When the judge asked him how he wanted to plead, the boy said "guilty." Judge Werner immediately imposed sentance and the young man will be taken to Waupun tomorrow morning by Sheriff John F. Lappen. He will be eligible for parole in about seven years.
    The youth confessed the stabbing to District Attorney Raymond F. Dohr after he was turned over to the sheriff by the Appleton Police department. Barker was arrested by Motorcycle Officer Herbert Hoppe who saw him walking along Wisconsin avenue.
    In his confession the boy admitted stabbing the girl after a conversation over the return of her pricture which he had. He immediately left the dance hall, he said, and after driving about for a time returned to his home where he told his parents. Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Barker, what he had done.
    Flees from Car
    When he learned that the girl was dead, he said he left his parents and went over the Fox river by the railroad bridge and wondered up and down the tracks and woods through the night. He jumped into the river on the south side, he said, swam back to shore and dressed and continued his wandering throught the day until he was picked up by the police officer.
    During his wanderings an intensive hunt for Barker was being made by county and city officers. The Fox river in the vicinity of Memorial drive bridge was dragged for several hours. Though the dragging produced no results, there was justification for procedure as the youth did, according to his confession, attempt to kill himself by drowning. The vicinity of his home also was thoroughtly searched and some deputies were stationed at the farm in case he returned in an attempt to get his car. When no trace of him was found Sherriff Lappen went up in an airplane and flew over Appleton and vicinity in an effort to find the youth.
    Barker was first seen by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brinckman, 1027 W Summer street, near their home and they followed him in their car when they thought they recognized him from a picture in an issue of yesterday's Post-Crescent.
    They then notivied Officer Hoppe who found him on Wisconsin avenue. He asked Barker what h is name was and the youth answered: "I think I am the guy you are looking for."
    Talk About Picture
    Barker had danced with Miss Welhouse several times at the dance at Twelve Corners. He talked with her during the last dance before intermission about 11:30 during which the converstation over the return of the picture took place he said in his confession. He returned her pict5ure and followed her when she sat down on a bench and sat at her right side. He then opened his penknife in his right hand picket, pulled it out and " struck her in the neck."
    "Just as it was about to hit her she said 'don't," Barker said.
    Miss Welhouse was taken to St. Elizabeth h ospital after the stabbing. At first it was thought she had been slapped and her predicament was not known until the blood was seenn on the handkerchief she held at her neck. She died as she was being taken to the hospital by George Kettner, route 1, Hortonville, who had accompanied her to the dance. Her death was caused by hemorrhage, according to Dr. H. E. Ellsworth, coroner.
    Before Barker's apprehensiion, District Attorney Dohr planned to charge him with first degree murder. However, the charge was changed to second degree murder after the confession which Dohr said, convinced h im that the act was "not premeditated."
    While Barker is on his way to Waupun, funeral services for Miss Welhouse will be conducted at 9 o;'clock Wednesday morning at St. John's Catholic church, Little Chute. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Teh body as at the Louis Weyenberg residence, Kimberly, where she was employed for the last year. The 1936 graduate of the St. John's High school, Little Chute, of which Miss Welhouse was a member, will march in a body at the funeral. She was forn in Little Chute and lived there most of her life. A corner's jury was impanelled yesteray morning and viewd the body before adjourning until 2 o'clock this afternoon. The meeting this afternoon was expected to be mere formality as the youth has already been sentenced.
  • Graduation: She graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1936.

John Wells

M, b. February 1631, d. October 18, 1692

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Family: Sarah Curtis (b. August 5, 1627, d. November 29, 1676)

Biography

  • Birth: John Wells was born in February 1631 in England.
  • Marriage: He and Sarah Curtis were married in 1658.
  • Death: John Wells died on October 18, 1692, at age 61, in Hatfield, Hampshire Co, Massachusetts.

Sarah Curtis

F, b. August 5, 1627, d. November 29, 1676

Family: John Wells (b. February 1631, d. October 18, 1692)

Biography

  • Birth: Sarah Curtis was born on August 5, 1627 in Essex, England.
  • Marriage: She and John Wells were married in 1658.
  • Death: Sarah Curtis died on November 29, 1676, at age 49, in Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts.

William Iles

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Maria Antonette Welhouse

F, b. April 8, 1918, d. April 21, 1918

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Biography

  • Birth: Maria Antonette Welhouse was born on April 8, 1918 in Little Chute, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on April 21, 1918, at age 0.
  • Burial: She was buried in St John Cemetery, Little Chute, Wisconsin, Old Unmarked.

Ronald Lambert VanRoy

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Bruce W VanRoy

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Gary R VanRoy

M, b. June 29, 1955, d. January 17, 1967

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Biography

  • Birth: Gary R VanRoy was born on June 29, 1955 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on January 17, 1967, at age 11, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, California.

Mary Veronica McGonigle

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Judith Ruth Bootz

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Gereon Joseph Welhouse

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Family: Susan Sprotsy (b. July 4, 1957, d. April 18, 1996)

Mark Francis Welhouse

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James Jerome Welhouse

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Stephen Emmet Welhouse

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Daniel Anthony Welhouse

M, b. April 4, 1959, d. July 21, 1998

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Biography

  • Birth: Daniel Anthony Welhouse was born on April 4, 1959 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on July 21, 1998, at age 39.

Paul Gerald Welhouse

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Family 1: Lauri Ann Davis

Randal Thomas Welhouse

M, b. June 10, 1956, d. October 15, 1995

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Biography

  • Birth: Randal Thomas Welhouse was born on June 10, 1956 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He was married on June 26, 1982 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on October 15, 1995, at age 39, in Cecil, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Susan Sprotsy

F, b. July 4, 1957, d. April 18, 1996

Biography

  • Birth: Susan Sprotsy was born on July 4, 1957 in Marshfield, Wood Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on April 18, 1996, at age 38, in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co, Wisconsin.

Loraine Unknown

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Karen Antoinette Karl

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SuLinda DePietra

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Family: Daniel Anthony Welhouse (b. April 4, 1959, d. July 21, 1998)

Lauri Ann Davis

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Catherine Jean Yates

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Family: Randal Thomas Welhouse (b. June 10, 1956, d. October 15, 1995)

Andrew Welhouse

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Katey Welhouse

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