From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 162-163, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Frederick E. Wellfare, foreman of the copper shops of the Quincy
Railroad at Beardstown for the past nine years, was born in Candage,
Erie county, New York, June 23, 1858. He was bur one year old when his
parents moved to Illinois. He is the son of John Wellfare, who was born
in England, of English parentage, and was yet a small child when his
parents brought him to the United States and settled in New York. Here
he grew up in the town of Candage and acquired a complete knowledge of
the coppersmith's trade, also tin, sheet-iron and pipe fitting; and,
having become skilled in these departments of mechanical work, he came
in 1859 with his family to Illinois. Here he was connected for about
two years with a prominent manufacturer of copper pipe, sheet copper
and brass goods, and his skill secured him the formanship of the shops.
Finally he was offered a partnership, but refused it and went to Aurora
to take charge of the copper shops of the main line or Chicago division
of the Quincy Railroad. He was afterward connected with this large
corporation for about thirty years, but owing to failing health he had
to withdraw and entered into the hardware business, in 1883, in Aurora;
but, not receiving the proper relief for his malady (catarrh of the
head), he went to Kansas, and after two years, not being able to stand
the heated winds, he went in 1886 to Los Angeles, California, and there
opened and has since carried on a first class restaurant. He is now
about sixty years of age. He was married in Youngstown, New York, to
Harriet Myers. She was born and reared in the Empire State, and was of
German parentage. She is yet living and is about three years her
husband's junior. They are members of the Presbyterian Church, and Mr.
Wellfare is a sound Republican in politics.
Our subject is the eldest of three sons and three daughters yet
living. He began when about twelve years of age with his father in the
Quincy shops. Here he has remained with the exception of about three
years. One year he was with his father in his hardware store at Aurora,
and later was one year with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
Railroad, with headquarters at Dubuque, Iowa, and the last year with
the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad, with
headquarters at St. Joseph, Missouri. Since then he has been in the
employ of the Quincy Railroad, for the last eleven years at Beardstown.
He is a practical and thorough workman in his department. He also does
the tin and sheet-iron work for the St. Louis division, and the
steam-pipe fitting for it also.
He was married in Aurora, to Miss Almira Warner, of New York,
born in 1862. She was brought to Cook county in 1867, and reared near
the city of Chicago. She is the daughter of John P. and Julia (Havens)
Warner, both now living near Aurora. Mr. Warner is a stock-breeder, and
he and family live on a farm one mile southeast of Aurora.
Mr. and Mrs. Wellfare are good, hard-working young people. Mr.
Wellfare is a member of the Ark Lodge, No. 116, I.O.O.F., of
Beardstown. He is a sound Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Wellfare are the
parents of two bright little children, - Lydia, aged seven, and Dare,