Welch family fonds

             Welch family fonds [textual record, moving images, graphic material]. -- 1913-[ca.1925], 1965.
               1 cm of textual records.
               10 photographs.
               1 filmstrip. 

               Albert George and Isabella Ann Welch and their children John L.T. (known as Lance, Albert V.E., Juanita L. and one other son) arrived in Nanaimo in 1908. Albert Senior purchased a farm in the Wellington area, raised animals for the fur trade and opened a feed business in Nanaimo, originally sited opposite the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway station. This site was later exchanged by the Railway Company for another lot further down Selby Street located near the railway tracks. Around 1912, the Brackman-Kerr Milling Company bought out his feed business. Albert and his youngest son Lance opened the Welch & Welch Confectionery at the corner of Bastion and Skinner Streets. Later, they moved the business into one of the commercial spaces available on the ground floor of the Commercial Hotel. Lance died in 1921 and Albert sold the business shortly after. Albert continued to raise animals for the fur trade at the Wellington farm but lived in the City at 129 Milton Street. The fur trade failed in the Depression years and Albert decided to retire. During the late 1920's, he served on the City Council and was the Police Commissioner for a time.  After Isabella's death in 1939, Albert moved to Lethbridge, Alberta and lived with his son Albert V.E. Welch. The house remained in the family. Albert returned home to Nanaimo in 1947 and lived with his daughter Juanita and her family until his death in 1953.
            Fonds consists of the records of the Welch family. The fonds is arranged in the following series: 1) Photographs; 2) Canadian flag materials and 3) Memorabilia.
           Title based on the contents of the fonds.
           Series descriptions available.  Item level descriptions of photographs also available on the public database.
           Materials were donated to the Nanaimo Community Archives by Jerome Harrison, son of Juanita Welch Harrison.

Series 1. 

          Photographs [graphic material]. - [ca. 1912-1920]
          9 photographs : multiple processes, b&w. 

          Series consists predominantly of photographs of Welch and Welch Confectionary and a few miscellaneous views.
          Title based on the contents of the series.
          Item level descriptions available; list available.
          Copyright expired on all images. 

Series 2.

          Canadian flag materials [moving images, graphic material]. - 1965.
          1 filmstrip : 8mm, 50 ft.
          1 photograph : b&w. 

         Series consists of a photograph and filmstrip showing the lowering of the Red Ensign flag and the the raising of the new Maple Leaf flag of Canada in front of City Hall in 1965. The filmstrip also contains footage of the Nanaimo Pipe Band.  Also includes a handwritten list of the people present at the flag raising ceremony.
          Title based on the contents of the series. 

Series 3. 

           Memorabilia [textual record]. -- 1914-[ca.1925].
           1 cm of textual records. 

          Series consists of memorabilia of the Welsh family. Included is a theatre programme for "The Geisha" and a handbill for a production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by the Nanaimo Amateur Dramatic Society.  Juanita Welch was in the cast of both productions.   Also includes dance invitations for Juanita Welch and complimentary pass for Albert Welch on the first voyage of the S.S. Patricia.
          Title based on the contents of the series. 

File List

 Series 2: Photographs 

1.         Photograph of house at 129 Milton Street, ca. 1920
2.         Photograph of the exterior of the first Welch and Welch Confectionary store, ca. 1912
3.         Photograph of Nanaimo from harbour, ca. 1915
4.         Photograph of Albert Welch in front of store, ca. 1915
5.         Photograph of the interior of Welch and Welch Confectionary, ca. 1915
6.         Photograph of interior of Welch and Welch Confectionary store, ca. 1912
7.         Photograph of interior of Welch and Welch Confectionary store, ca. 1918
8.         Photograph of exterior of Welch and Welch Confectionary store, ca. 1918
9.         Photograph of exterior or Welch and Welch Confectionary store, ca. 1918