James R. Welch Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: James R. Welch Papers
Dates: 1870-1953
Collection Number: 1987-150
Creator/Collector: Welch, James R. (1860-1931) Welch, Ione
Extent: 1 linear foot
Online items available
Repository: History San Jose Research Library
San Jose, California 95112
Abstract: Small selection of personal papers of Hon. James R. Welch (1860-1931) of Santa Clara County, primarily documenting his involvement in the planning and implementation of Skyline Boulevard and Bayshore Highway.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. James R. Welch Papers. Collection Number: 1987-150. History San Jose Research Library

Acquisition Information

According to available records, the papers were part of a donation to the San Jose Historical Museum in 1961 by Ione Welch that came from the estate of the Hon. and Mrs. Welch.

Biography/Administrative History

Born in Illinois, Welch came to San Jose in 1882 to attend the University of the Pacific. He served as city attorney of San Jose between 1894-1897, and was elected to the California State Superior Court in 1904 where he remained until his sudden death in 1931. He was also on the board of the California Prune and Apricot Growers Association as the owner of an active fruit ranch. He is remembered for his campaign for Skyline Boulevard to run along the summit ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Scope and Content of Collection

Small collection of papers of Judge James R. Welch and his daughter Ione Welch, donated by Ione after his death. A good portion of the papers document his involvement in the planning and championing of Skyline Boulevard as well as Bayshore Highway, but there are a number of folders of general correspondence, household receipts and invoices, property transfer records, and clippings. After his death, the Welch-hurst Ranch on Sanborn Road in Saratoga was operated by Ione Welch. Several ledgers and financial statements document its operation in the early 1950s. In addition to personal papers, the collection includes approximately 50 family photographs.

Indexing Terms

Highway planning
Fruit growers
California. Superior Court (Santa Clara County)
Saratoga (Calif.)
San Jose (Calif.)
Santa Clara County (Calif.)
newspaper clippings
ledgers (account books)
receipts (financial records)
photographic prints
membership cards

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