Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Richard Welke

The photo is of Richard Welke



Richard Frank and Minnie Krueger Welke


Richard Frank Welke was born on March 25, 1887 in Deuthsdorf, Germany to Carl and Caroline Kudky Welke. Richard married Minnie Krueger on March 15, 1911 in Fremont Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Minnie was born on April 18, 1891 in Thomas Township, Saginaw County, Michigan to August Ludwig and Wilhelmina Ernestine Dillwald Krueger.


The wedding photo is of Richard and Minnie Welke.



Richard and Minnie had the following children:

  1. George Richard Welke was born January 25, 1915 in Lakefield Township. He married Flossie Marie Rittenour on October 1, 1945 in Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  2. Paul Carl Welke was born February 20, 1918 in Lakefield Township. He married Lovelia R. Munroe on April 6, 1945.

  3. Clarence August Welke was born October 4, 1924 in Lakefield Township. He married Helen Louise Moulton.

  4. Ruth Welke married Harry Martin.


The photo is of Richard and Minnie Welke's 50th wedding anniversary.



In 1916, Richard owned two 40 acre parcels of land, one in Section 16 on Fenmore Road between Roosevelt and Lakefield Roads and the other 40 acres were located in Section 15 on Roosevelt Road between Merrill and Fenmore Roads. He also owned 45 acres of land located in Section 9 on the NW corner of Fenmore and Roosevelt Roads.






According to the Saginaw News – the City Chat Section: states the following: “The Farmers' Treshing Company is about to start operations at Merrill under the ownership of Nick House, Omer B. Parker, George Wenzel, Edward W. Miller, Paul Skela (Sklba), Will House, George Wenzel Sr., and Richard Welke, all of Merrill, according to papers filed by them at the county clerk's office.”



Richard died on March 28, 1976 and Minnie on April 7, 1976. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.




SOURCES: 1916 Lakefield Plat Map and Granddaughter, Doris Welke Rigg's genealogy and photos;and the Saginaw News.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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