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Prof. J. H. Welp


Prof. J. H. Welp, of the Evangelist Lutheran school of Frohna, Mo., was born in St. Louis in 1858. He is the son of Henry and Elizabeth Welp.

Henry Welp was born in the Kingdom of Prussia in 1828, and when a young man came to America where he was married to Elizabeth Kielborker, a native of the Kingdom of Hanover, born in 1830. This couple now reside in South Chicago and the parents of six children who are living.

Prof. J. H. Welp was educated in the Evangelical Lutheran Teachers' Seminary at Addison, Ill., from which institution he graduated in 1881. After finishing his education he taught school in South Chicago for more than a year when he was called to Frohna, Mo. to teach in the Evangelical Lutheran parochial school.

He is a man of culture, and has been very successful as an educator. He is a close student and has a library of useful books by which he can gratify his taste for reading. In 1882 his marriage with Regina Swephafel was celebrated. She was born in Illinois in 1860. To their marriage have been born three children: Rosa, Albert and Amanda.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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