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RG4156.AM:  Lloyd Edgar Welch, 1907-1957

Diaries:  1937-1957

Thayer County, Nebraska:  Farmer

Size:  2 reels of microfilm


Lloyd Edgar Welch was born March 2, 1907, at Elm Springs, Arkansas.  When he was nine months old, his parents came to a farm southwest of Haddam, Kansas, in the Happy Hollow community where he spent his boyhood and was educated in country schools through the eighth grade.  In February 1931 Lloyd married Lorena Cline.  He moved to the Hubbell vicinity of Thayer County, Nebraska, in 1933.  He bred registered Hereford cattle and grew certified seeds and grains for twenty-five years.

A member of the Nebraska Wheat Commission since its establishment, Lloyd was serving as its chairman at the time of his death.  As a member of the commission Welch was active in drawing the attention of European grain processors to Nebraska-produced wheat.  Delegations of millers and government agricultural experts from Italy and from Greece visited the Welch farm.  He took an active part in the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association, was secretary of the Jefferson County Co-op Council, and worked with the Thayer County Extension Service in bringing about improvement in farming methods.

Lloyd Welch was fatally injured on his farm, caught in the power takeoff of a crop drive.  He died on November 10, 1957, and was buried in the Fairbury Cemetery at Fairbury, Nebraska.


This collection consists of two reels of microfilm containing eleven diaries of Lloyd E. Welch.  The diaries date from 1937-1957 and contain brief daily notations regarding the weather and the work of Mr. Welch.  They were loaned for microfilming by the Welch family in 1983.


Reel 1


  1. Diary, 1937-1940

  2. Diary, 1941-1944

  3. Diary, 1945-1946

  4. Diary, 1947-January 1948

  5. Diary, 1948

  6. Diary, 1949-1950

  7. Diary, 1951

  8. Diary, 1952-1953

Reel 2


  1. Diary, 1954    

  2. Diary, 1955

  3. Diary, 1956-1957


Subject headings:

Agriculture — Nebraska — Thayer County

Farm life — Nebraska — Thayer County

Thayer County (Nebraska) — Agriculture

Thayer County (Nebraska) — Farm life

Welch, Lloyd Edgar, 1907-1957


APD/meg               07-28-1983