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Welch & Stewart Company (FWS)
name of the Company
Foley Brothers, Larsen and Company
Peter Larsen was the Larsen partner.
He lived at Helena Montana
b- 1849, Island of Fuyen, Denmark
d- July 12, 1907 in Helena Montana
His wealth was estimated to be 25 to 50 Million dollars, in 1907!
Banker, Railroad Contractor, Mining Man, Lumber Magnate, and
Immigrated to America when he was 20, penniless
He owned prime lots on Kaien Island in 1904,
to the GTP for their terminus, Prince Rupert.
An inquiry was held into this deal in 1906.
Larsen worked with a James Anderson, a friend at that time.
James Anderson acquired land on Kaien Island,
via South African War Land Grant Act
He surveyed some of the lots himself.
He also surveyed lots in 1912 in Fort George for the GTP
(see link below for Inquiry info)
Principals in the FWS company that were
contracted to build
the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway to Prince Rupert.
Tim Foley, Michael Foley, Patrick Welch,
and John W. Stewart
b- May 14, 1837
d- Jan 6, 1919
Timothy "Tim" Foley
b- Aug 20, 1838, Lanark ON
d- May 24, 1920, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN, USA
buried in Calvary Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., MN
married Mary Louise Guthrie Nov 22, 1870
Part of a group of Foley Brothers
born in Lanark ON,
Family moved to Minnesota in 1881
Foley's became Northern Pacific Railroad contractors.
Wholesale Company- Foley Brothers & Kelly, St. Paul MN
John F. Kelly partner
b- Apr 5, 1840
d- Feb 29, 1907 in St. Paul MN
Papers show him as a millionaire when he died.
they show him part of Foley Brothers & Guthrie, Railroad contractors
partners- Thomas Foley, Timothy Foley, Archibald Guthrie, and
Charles J. Ffolliott
married Jessie Craig
John Foley Jr.
b- Feb 17, 1842
d- Aug 11, 1907 age 65
He was the main person to form what became the city of Foley MN
on a site that was their logging grounds.
He was known to be very wealthy
Michael H. Foley
b-Oct 17, 1846 in Lanark ON, Canada
(1849 in other sources, but passport application 1905 clearly shows 1846)
d- Oct 20, 1920 in Wentworth, ON, Canada
married Helena "Helen" Agatha White, 1886, in Prescott Co., ON,
Lived at 1003 Summit Ave., St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN
They had a daughter Rachel Foley (1891-1945)
she married Francis Joseph Anderson
He came first to Minnesota in 1870, and
seen the lumber possibilities there.
He returned to Lanark to talk his brothers into moving there.
George Richard Foley Sr.
b- June 22, 1847
married Octavie Joassin
had a daughter Avelina Foley, who married William Joseph Towle
and a son George Foley Jr.
b- Mar 25, 1852, age 8 in 1861
d- Apr 21, 1879
b- Feb 14, 1844, age 16 in 1861, in ON
Elanor "Ellen" Foley
b- July 19, 1850, age 10 in 1861
d- Nov 25, 1937
Elizabeth Foley (twin)
b- Feb 26, 1856, age 5 in 1861
d- May 6, 1863
Mary Ann Foley (twin)
b- Feb 26, 1856, age 5 in 1861, in ON
d- Dec 18, 1915
Julia Ann Foley
b- Aug 13, 1858, age 2 in 1861
d- Sept 2, 1880
Father- John Foley Sr.,
b- June 24, 1806, in
d- June 28, 1873, St Paul, MN
shown living in Lanark ON in 1861
settled in Benton Co. Minnesota in 1881
mother- Johannah (Hannah, Hanora?) O'Brien
b- Aug 30, 1816 County Cork, Ireland
d- Mar 17, 1859 in Ferguson Falls, ON
The Foley family became very rich, in
Railroad and Lumber interests.
They were also involved in the wholesale business.
Foleyet Ontario and Foley Minnesota, named after this family
Patrick "Pat" Welch
b- Feb 15, 1859 in Marcellus, Onondaga Co., New York, USA
d- Jan 2, 1929, Coronado Hotel, Coronado, CA
buried Jan 7, 1929 in Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane,
funeral in Peace Abbey, Spokane WA
father- Austin Welch
b- 1812, County Galway, Ireland
d- Sept 11, 1872, Jones Co., Iowa, USA
He immigrated in 1852
mother- Margaret Maley
b- 1820 in County Galway, Ireland
d- July 22, 1872, Iowa, USA
buried in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Temple Hill, Jones Co., Iowa
Patrick was a Millionaire by 1907
wife- Susan Welch, nee Moran, married Nov
14, 1881, Temple Hill, Jones Co, Iowa
b- Apr 19, 1859, age 41 in 1900, in Monuth Iowa
d- Feb 11, 1935 at her home W321 8th, Spokane WA
a large and grand home bought by Patrick in 1907
daughter of James Moran and Mary Madden
she was the sister of the late Mrs. Peter Larsen, Margaret Moran
and Mrs. John Stewart, Elizabeth, of Vancouver BC
so now we see this was an all family Company.
Another sister Mrs. Richard B. Porter of Spokane
both her parents born in Ireland
they had 2 daughters and 2 sons:
Mabel B. Welch
b- Nov 1883, age 16 in 1900, in Iowa
married Frederick Wilson
b- May 2, 1889, in Montana, USA
d- Sept, 1966 in Spokane, WA
married Monroe K. Miller
son- Hurbert "Raymond" Welch
b- Feb 9, 1895 Montana, USA
d- Jan 27, 1934 in Spokane, WA
son- James Austin Welch
b- Feb 3, 1884, in Montana, USA
d- Sept 22, 1924, Newman Lake, Spokane, WA, age 39
died in a car accident with his wife Hester Welch,
He worked on the railroad in the Lillooet BC area
His brother Martin Welch was a partner
He owned mining interests in
Fiddler Creek area.
b- ca 1868, in New York, New York, USA
d- aft Jan 1929
found a headstone in the Dalles, OR, b- 1863, d- 1937, him?
He was from Spokane WA. in Oct 1914
when he was at Fiddler Creek looking over his property
He was a wealthy railroad contractor in Spokane,
Fiddler Creek page for more
besides brother Martin Welch, he had 2
Thomas Martin and Henry Martin of Seattle WA.
and 2 sisters, Mrs. Duke and Mrs. Manning of Stanbury Mo.
brother- Henry Welch-
b- Mar 17, 1856 Marcellus, Onondaga Co, New York, USA
d- Mar 24, 1940, Saint Joseph, Buchanan Co. Missouri, USA
Major General John William Stewart
b- Dec 12, 1862, age 61 in 1924, in Scotland (Dec 4 in
d- Sept 24, 1938 in Vancouver BC
Immigrated in 1882, worked as a farm labourer,
became a Surveyor, then a Railroad Engineer.
Came from the Assynt village of Need, Scotland.
Father- William Stewart
Mother- Peggy McLeod
married Elizabeth Jane Moran, in 1897, sister to Susan Moran above.
b- Nov 1871, Limerick, Ireland
d- Nov 4, 1935 Vancouver BC
Lived in a mansion at 1675 Angus Ave, Vancouver BC
Company became Bloedel, Stewart and Welch,
which became one of the largest lumber companies in the world.
FWS Company had many labour troubles
and were generally not well respected in Labour circles.
But they are part of the history of the area, good or bad.
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Kaien Island Investigation