Mr. Gray's Ledger: Rosa Welsh
Subject: Young woman holding dog.
Date: Aug. 1, 1907
Catalog: Photo No. 5112
Rosa A. Welsh was born Feb. 18, 1892 in St. John, the daughter of Robigny Jacob & Rose Anna (Conner) Welsh. Mr. Welsh was a contractor who built many of St. John's most important buildings, including the original grade and high schools and Methodist Church. Rosa married Bert Horstman and had two sons with him, Stanley and Sanford (whose West Point uniform we have in the museum). In 1936, she married John D. Stewart, president of the St. John National Bank. He died in 1953. Rosa owned and operated a millinery shop in St. John. According to p. 174 of Stafford County, Kansas 1870-1990, after Rosa "bought the hat shop between Third and Second avenues, she noticed a small covered window at the back. One day two men knocked there and asked if she had any needles. A few days later she was told that "needles" was the code name for bootleg whiskey"! Rosa died in 1990 and is buried in Fairview Park Cemetery at St. John.
Location: St. John