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About Adam Pugh Welker

HISTORY OF BEAR LAKE PIONEERS, ADAM PUGH WELKER AND CLARA OSMOND WELKER by Ruth Welker Pugmire

Adam Pugh Welker was the fifth child born to James Wilburn and Anna Pugh Welker. He was born in Alpine, Utah, February 4, 1853. Soon after his birth his family moved to Willard, Utah, where they resided until 1864, when they moved to Bloomington, Idaho. Adam, an alert, strong boy of eleven helped erect the crude log cabin, and also grubbed sagebrush, built bridges, fences, and opened roads.

During the winter seasons he attended the humble schools of the day. Before the age of twenty he had spent two years carrying the mail on snowshoes between Bloomington and Franklin, Idaho. He helped in many ways to build up the town of Bloomington and was known as an honest, forthright man, and was well-loved in the community.

On February 1, 1878, he married Clara Osmond, the oldest daughter of George and Georgina Osmond. This was a very happy union, blessed with eight children. They were Roy, Anson, Ray, Georgina, Rose, George, Nina, Pearl and Clara.

Clara Osmond was born at Bountiful, Utah, December 4, 1857, to pioneer parents who had heard the gospel in England, and came to the States to worship as they, pleased. Her parents had been used to the nicer things in life, and they tried to maintain their pioneer home to this higher standard. Clara was a refined, lovely woman, and a hard worker. As a small child, she awoke one night to look up at the stars - the roof of their house had been blown away by a strong wind. This occurred at Willard, Utah.

Also, while her parents, were homesteading at Willard, Clara and her mother had a very frightening experience when Indians came to their home while all the men were away working. They carried off valuable trinkets her mother had brought from England. But when a squaw tried to steal the wheat that Clara and her mother had gleaned from nearby fields through the hot summer, the mother grabbed it away from the squaw, refusing to let it go. Clara saw the Indian draw a long bladed knife and pleaded with her mother to let the wheat go, but Sister Osmond refused. The squaw, seeing her determination, mumbled something about bringing bucks back to get it. They pushed all of the furniture against the doors and windows and sat up all night expecting trouble, but none developed. Clara vividly remembered these incidents all of her life.

Clara was a flower and garden lover, and her grandchildren remember her fine vegetables, abundant raspberries, and her beautiful flowers. Her children were her pride and joy, and she suffered greatly , when young George was accidentally shot and killed by a companion while hunting. Her hair turned white almost over night at this tragic time in 1899. Later, her daughter Nina, a promising young school teacher, was stricken with a creeping paralysis and died. Then a son, Ray, was killed while an engineer on a train.

Clara Osmond Welker died April 26, 1936, while her oldest son, Roy Anson, was presiding over the German-Austrian Mission at Berlin, Germany. Her burial was beside her husband and children at Bloomington cemetery.

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE: THE BOOK, PIONEERS AND PROMINENT MEN OF UTAH:

WELKER, ADAM (son of James Wilburn Welker and Annie Pugh). Born Feb. 4, 1853, Alpine, Utah.

Married Clara Osmond Feb. 1, 1878, Bloomington, Idaho (daughter of George Osmond and Georgina Huckvale, pioneers 1855, Hooper and Williams company), who was born Dec. 4, 1856. Their children: Roy Anson b. Nov. 9, 1878, m. Lizzie Hoge June 7, 1906; Raymond b. Sept. 19, 1830, m. Libbie Wright Nov. 9, 1904; Georgina b. Feb. 9, 1883, m. Milton Floyd June 27, 1906; Rosa b. Feb. 9, 1886; George Adam b. April 18, 1888, d. June 24, 1899; Nina b. Sept. 6, 1891; Pearl b. Aug. 4, 1896; Clara b. March 6, 1903. Family home Bloomington, Bear Lake Co., Utah.

Active church worker. Settler In Willard, Utah; moved to Bloomington 1864. Mail carrier two years between Bloomington and Franklin.

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Adam Pugh Welker's Timeline

1853
February 4, 1853
Alpine, Utah, UT, USA
1878
November 9, 1878
Age 25
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, USA
1880
September 19, 1880
Age 27
Bloomington, ID, USA
1883
February 9, 1883
Age 30
Bloomington, ID, USA
1886
February 9, 1886
Age 33
Bloomington, ID, USA
1888
April 18, 1888
Age 35
Bloomington, ID, USA
1891
August 4, 1891
Age 38
Bloomington, ID, USA
1896
September 5, 1896
Age 43
1903
1903
Age 49
1926
January 20, 1926
Age 72