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George Arthur Welker

Birthplace: N Layton, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Death: Died in St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho, USA
Cause of death: Pyemia and Influenza
Place of Burial: Wilford, Idaho, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Eller Welker and Sarah Ann Thornock Welker
Brother of Sarah Olivia Welker; John Percy Welker; James Melvin Welker; Estella A. Welker; Ernest Bechias Welker and 6 others

Occupation: Farmer
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About George Arthur Welker

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Wilford, Fremont, Idaho, George Arthur Welker, was 6 years old, living with his parents and siblings, who were listed in the census records as follows: John Eller Welker, 46, Sarah A. Thornock Welker, 44, James M., 19, Estella A., 17, Earnest, 14, William, 11, Elizina, 9, Arthur, 6, Lowell, 1 year old. John and Sarah had been married for 25 years and had given birth to 11 children, 9 of whom were still living. John and Sarah were both born in Utah, James and Estella in Idaho, Earnest, William, Elzina and Arthur, in Safford, Arizona, and Lowell in Idaho, so we know that John Eller Welker and his family returned to Idaho from Arizona in about the summer of 1893. John was working as a rancher, his wife, Sarah, was keeping house, James was working as a day laborer, Estella was working as a housekeeper, and all the other children were at school except for Arthur and Lowell.

In 1883, John Eller Welker had moved from Bloomington, Bear Lake County, Idaho, to Safford, Arizona, with his parents, John Welker and Roxana Mahala Dustin Welker, and sister, Roxana Louisa Welker, and her husband, Christian Madsen, and other Welker, Dustin, Madsen and Stevens family members. For some reason, John did not like Arizona and returned to Idaho where he had originally moved to in 1863 when he was 10 years old after his parents relocated there from Willard, Box Elder, Utah where he was born July 12, 1853.

By 1910, the family was living in Fall River, Fremont, Idaho, and were listed as follows: John E., 56, Sarah A., 54, Earnest B., 23, William E., 21, Arthur, 16, and Hyrum, 11 years old. Living next door was James M. Welker, 29, and his wife, Margretta, 18, who had been married for 10 months. Both John and James were working as farmers, and they owned their own farms free from a mortgage.

Sadly, George Arthur Welker, passed away on May 14, 1916, at the very young age of 22 years, 6 months and 4 days old. He died in St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho.According to his death certificate he died of pyaemia, which is a type of septicaemia that leads to widespread abscesses of a metastatic nature. It is usually caused by the staphylococcus bacteria by pus-forming organisms in the blood. Apart from the distinctive abcesses, pyaemia exhibits the same symptoms as other forms of septicaemia. It was almost universally fatal before the introduction of antibiotics. Sir William Osler included a three-page discussion of pyaemia in his textbook, The Principles and Practice of Medicine, published in 1892. He defined pyaemia as follows: "A general disease, characterized by recurring chills and intermittent fever and the formation of abscesses in various parts, all of which result from the contamination of the blood by products arising from a focus contaminated by the bacteria of suppuration."

A contributory factor to George Arthur Welker's death was Influenza, from which he had suffered for about four and a half months at the time of his death. He was buried in the Wilford Cemetery on May 16, 1916, according to his death certificate.

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George Arthur Welker's Timeline

November 10, 1893
Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
May 14, 1916
Age 22
St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho, USA
May 16, 1916
Age 22
Wilford, Idaho, USA