From: Vernon Courier, March 22, 1889 - pg 1
Mr. W. W. WELCH, of Millport is one of the oldest native citizens in this portion of Alabama. He was born in Montgomery county in 1817 and has resided continuously in Alabama. His father, with a small colony came to this state, then a territory, in 1816 and located in Montgomery County. The great county in which our Capitol is now located, was then a verdant forest. “Capitol Hill” was the home of the owl and refuge of the fox; Dexter Avenue was so thickly timbered that the raccoon and opossum had difficulty in crawling between the branches; the spot where the Union Depot now stands, was completely covered by a large red chestnut tree; the Exchange hotel is located on the base of a large yellow pine that once shaded three fourths of the are now occupied by our beautiful Capitol City.
Governor Seay did not arrive upon the scene until near half a century later; Judge McClellan’s father was not then born; Auditor Hogue’s father was a “bouncing baby boy” Representative Bradley’s grand father was just large enough to hoe corn, and editor Wallace Screws was big enough to wear one “Gallus.” The venerable old gentleman has lived to see a forest become the Capitol of Alabama, and babes become Governor, Judges, Auditors and Representatives. H is post-master at Millport, and is still an active and useful citizen. He says the meal to make the first bread he ever ate was ground from corn on a hand mill and cost $5.25 a bushel. May he live long and die happy.
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