Samuel Welsh

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Samuel John Welsh

Calcasieu Parish Police Juror
In office

Member of the
Calcasieu Parish School Board
In office

Born September 17, 1879
New Castle, Lawrence County
Died October 25, 1950 (aged 71)
Vinton, Louisiana
Resting place Big Woods Cemetery in Edgerly, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) (1) Margaret Friggle Welsh (married 1902-1940, her death)

Five sons
(2) Fannie B. Campbell Welsh (died 1964)

Occupation Civil engineer and businessman
Religion Methodist

Samuel John Welsh (September 17, 1879 – October 25, 1950) was a civil engineer, canal manager, and politician from Vinton, located west of the Calcasieu Parish seat of government in Lake Charles in far southwestern Louisiana.

A native of New Castle in Lawrence County in far western Pennsylvania, Welsh studied civil engineering and relocated to Vinton in 1902 after his marriage to the former Margaret Friggle (1881-1940)[1] of Oil City in Venango County, also in western Pennsylvania. The couple had five sons: John Edgar (1903-1980) of Lake Charles, James Herbert (1906-1977) and Robert Bruce (1910-2000), both of Baton Rouge, Samuel John, Jr. (1915-2000), of Houston, Texas, and William Max (1920-2004) of Sulphur, also in Calcasieu Parish. Welsh was a railroad surveyor and the  manager of the Sabine Canal Company. An active Democrat, Welsh served on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury from 1916 to 1920 and was a member of the Calcasieu Parish School Board from 1936 to 1950 and was the board president at the time of his death. He was also a member and past president of the Vinton Drainage Board. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Rotary International, and the Masonic lodge. For a short time prior to his death, he was a director of the West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital.[2]

Welsh went missing on October 25, 1950; his body was found four days later in Dynamite Slough in Vinton.[3] He is interred beside his first wife at Big Woods Cemetery in rural Edgerly near Vinton.[2] His second wife, Fannie B. Campbell Welsh (1908-1964), who was twenty-nine years his junior, is interred at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas.[4] The S. J. Welsh Middle School in Lake Charles bears his name.[2]


  1. Margaret Friggle Welsh. Retrieved on January 19, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Welsh, Samuel John. Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on January 19, 2018.
  3. Lake Charles American Press, October 30, 1950.
  4. Fannie Welsh. Retrieved on January 19, 2018.