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Charles/Glenn Welch
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2 posts
Sep 26, 2009
1:24 PM
Wanting to share information of a Glenn Welch with Dellar Rone who posted a message on July 7, 2005. Glenn Welch was the brother to my great-grandmother Mary Ellen Welch Renner who resided in Tampico her entire life. Also, my grandfather, Glenn Renner was named after his uncle, Glenn Welch, who Dellar is looking for. I also have a wonderful professionally done photograph of this Glenn Welch that was handed down through the Renner Family, also of the Tampico/Deer Grove area. My great-great grandfather, William Renner founded Deer Grove and due to the marriage of a Renner to a Welch, all from Tampico, I am a direct descendant of each.

Thank you and I hope that I will be able to shar with Dellar the information that was needed in 2005.
459 posts
Sep 27, 2009
5:57 AM
Hi welch/renner,
You must know Sharon Callaghan, then! Sharon has presented the "history of Deer Grove" for our group as well as her Welch family. Good to see on the boards. I'll try to contact Dellar with the email she left with your contact information. Please let me know if you two connect. Thanks.
5 posts
Sep 30, 2009
7:13 PM
I am so excited to hear back from you. Never imagined that I would ever have the opportunity to know anyone connected to the person that my grandfather was named after. Thank goodness for the internet.
I will send you this photo for I have no reason to keep it because I have no children and I'm certain that no one else that may be slightly related from this area would want it. It belongs to the person that is direct decendent of Glenn Welch. So, I will need your address.
There isn't really any other photos that I am aware other than a photo of Charles and Ellen Cronin Welch on their 50th wedding anniversary in front of the Methodist church in Tampico.
As far as knowing anything about your grandfather I'm not knowledgeable. I understand that he was divorced, died at an early age and lived in Peoria and died there. Seems like back in those days that if you were divorced you were shunned upon.
I've found out that there were 3 boys and 3 girls in the Charles/Ellen Welch family so Glenn may have been one of the younger ones. In the Tampico cemetery there is Mary Ellen Welch Renner, my great grandmother, her sister, Julie Welch Luytens who died at 24 I think and also Charles and Ellen Cronin Welch. Not certain as to where the rest are buried except there was a brother who was a minister that did the funeral for his Mother, Ellen, and another who was a blacksmith in a small town south of Tampico. My grandfather, your Glenn's nephew, was a blacksmith and learned the trade from this Glenn's Welch's other brother who I will find out soon his name. My Mother has some information but not alot but will see what she has in her folders.
My grandmother Renner who was married to Glenn Renner, your Glenn's nephew, lived to be 102 and she shared some information with the family if they wanted to know so alot that I have to share came from her and so I need to recall so some will be sketchy.
I have been trying to find out more as to why this Charles/Ellen Cronin Welch came from California, Solano County to Illinois. My grandmother said that he was in a circus and also worked in the livery barn in Tampico. From what I have put together I'm wondering if the Gold Rush is possibly what brought the families to California and also may why they left in 1871 to come to Illinois---Tampico. It appears that possibly all of the 5 of 6 children may have been born in California and all moved with Charles/Ellen to Illinois.
From what my Grandma Renner said----this Ellen Cronin Welch was a real character. She left the catholic church at some point of time and became very active in the Methodist Church in Tampico. She was from Youghal in County Cork of Ireland and came to Connecticut with her parents when she was 5 so she was born in 1845 and left Ireland in 1850---famine time. Charles on the other hand I guess came from New Jersey but don't know if he was born there or sailed there from another country. He was about I think 11 years older than Ellen and she was 18 when she was married in Solano County, Vallejo/Benecia.
I hope to go back to Ireland this Summer and visit Youghal in County Cork. Have been there but didn't realize then that that is where she was from. All I ever knew was County Cork before.
Well, I need to review Mother's files before I offer any additional information that you may be interested in but I really want to first get you this photo.
This whole thing brings tears to my eyes. I have such love for my heritage and I put flowers on all of the old ancestors graves each year because they must have been such brave and strong people to move around like they seem to have from one continent to the other. Also, the Cronins moved from Connecticut to California via the Ismus of Panama which would have been quite a journey in those days.
Also, there is a book that has been handed down through the family called The Murder of the Century which is about a Dr. Patrick Henry Cronin who lived in Chicago and had ties to the Irish Revolt that never took place but he was brutally murdered in Chicago after he found out that the money that the Chicago Irish were raising to send to Ireland for the revolt never go to Ireland. The found his body weeks later in pieces. This murder made the front page of the Chicago papers for weeks and his grave is just a small marker however he's buried amongst the Bishops of the Chicago diocese so what was that about?????
Have never been able to attach him to Ellen Cronin but I wonder why my Grandfather Glenn Renner had this book so I have to assume that this Patrick Cronin was related to Ellen Cronin Welch in some way. HAve never been able to make the connection for I don't know who her siblings were except for a Maggie Spencer who survived her and she lived in Lyons, Iowa which is very close to Tampico, Illinois.
I live in Sterling, Illinois which is 14 miles north of Tampico and I'm 57. My Father, Keith Renner, passed away in 1995 but because he was by far the youngest in his family and in that whole generation he didn't know this Glenn Welch but he did remember his grandmother, Glenn's sister, Mary Ellen Welch Renner. That is a whole other story in itself.
This is all for now for I need to get some sleep but get me your address and I will see that you get this photo soon---it belongs to you and I am so happy to be able to give it to someone who cares.
My best and I am so looking forward to communicating with you and if have any info to share with me please do so.
My best to you and your sister-in-law
Rhonda Renner Reese
465 posts
Oct 01, 2009
8:45 AM
This message thread is part of another message thread:
Obit for Chales Welch".

Elain37 has responded to Welch/Renner on the other message thread.

If you would like to submit any photos, I can start a Welch or Renner photo album or add them to our "People" photo album. Thanks for sharing all this history!

Last Edited by on Oct 02, 2009 10:48 AM
6 posts
Oct 04, 2009
1:58 PM
I will get copies made and get them to you. Possibly I will get doubles you can also put them in your "People" album besides a Welch and a Renner photo album. Is it best to e-mail them or just send them in the mail?

I have made contact with the person connected to Glenn Welch and we are communicating and sharing information. A big "Thank You" to you.

Would enjoy participating in the Tampico Cemetery Walk the next time. Would does that involve and I assume it is done on Memorial Day?

468 posts
Oct 05, 2009
7:21 AM
Hi Rhonda!,
We do our Memorial Day Cemetery Walk on Memorial Day Monday. In includes two cemeteries - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery and then the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Presentations are about 10-15 minutes in length. We have people that present in 1st person (which is my favorite) and we also have people that aren't even related that just "read their notes" giving a brief sketch of the person being honored. In other words, the presentation is entirely up to the presenter. Some people also set up props or displays, such as photos or articles representative of the honoree's life. We do this at the grave site of the person. In case of inclement weather, we still have the "walk" - we just do it in doors. Usually in our Community Bldg. It would be wonderful if you would participate.

As for the photos, I can scan them, so I only need one copy of each. You can email them to me if you like, if you put them in jpg format.

Last Edited by on Oct 05, 2009 8:04 AM
505 posts
Jan 08, 2010
7:10 AM
Sadly, I received the following email from Della Rone's daughter -
I'm sure some of you may have already heard the sad news, however, I'm just opening my mom's e-mail and note that she's still receiving e-mails from a few people. Additionally, I do not have phone numbers for some of her contacts and I just wanted to make sure everyone had been contacted.

Regretfully, I'm writing to let you know that my mom, Della, has passed away. She passed way Dec 30th after a long hospital stay following surgery on her leg.

A memorial service will be held in Galva at Rux Funeral Home at 11:00am on January 16th, calling hours are 1 hr prior to service. For more information...

You may contact me at the e-mail below.

Della's Obit online

Della was born on June 24, 1934 and passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Rux Funeral Home

Della G. Rone
(June 24, 1934 - December 30, 2009)

GALVA - Della G. Rone, 75, of Sacramento, CA, formerly of Galva, died at 10:25 PM, Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, CA.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

Della was born June 24, 1934 in LaFayette, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Mary (Clark) Winter. She married Kenneth K. Rone on October 22, 1974 in Chillicothe, IL. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2006. Survivors include two sons, Scott (Carla) Welch of Pentaluma, CA and Ted (Charlene) Welch of Sacramento, CA, two daughters, Sandy (Gary) Maxey of Freeport, IL and Sharon Kelso of Sacramento, CA, a brother, Edwin (Arlene) Winter of Chillicothe, IL, eleven grandchildren, Meghan (Jake) Hernandez, Sarah Comer, Paula Welch, Keaton Kelso, David Welch, Charles Welch and Karin, Amanda, Ben, Dan and Robyn Maxey, one great grandchild, Alexander Davis and her special friend that she considered as a daughter, Janine Simac. She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael and one sister, Shirley Smith.

She graduated from Toulon High School in 1952. She had worked as a purchasing agent for Pearson Brothers/IME. She had recently published a family cookbook and a family memory book. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Galva. Her hobbies included genealogy, painting, drawing, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.


Last Edited by on Jan 08, 2010 7:55 AM

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