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WELSH, Clemens Okel

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WELSH, Clemens Okel. (Jackson County, IA, Oct. 10, 1907--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 30, 1995). The former owner and operator of OAKLAND FARMS DAIRY for over forty years, Welsh was one of the founders of the DUBUQUE COUNTY FAIR which he managed for twenty-two years. Welsh was also one of the organizers of the Key West Fire Department, serving as its president for thirty-seven years and board member for forty years.

Welsh was involved in dozens of social and fraternal organizations including the Jaycees and state fair organizations from whom he won numerous awards. He was a member of the state championship bowling team for Oakland Farms Dairy in 1962 and was a sponsor of the 4H.

Among the awards Welsh received were the Distinguished Civic Service Award from the DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (1964), Al Dupont Award from the Jaycees (1965), and the Jaycees Outstanding Community Relations Award (1970). Welsh was the recipient of the Fairman of the Year Award from the Association of Iowa Fairs (1972), Friend of the Jaycees (1975), Honorary Life Member of the Dubuque County Fair (1976), and Director of the Year for the Dubuque County Fair Organization (1980).

He was inducted into the DUBUQUE BOWLING ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME (1973) and the Association of Iowa Fairs Hall of Fame (1990). Welsh was the first person named to the Dubuque County Fairground Speedway Hall of Fame (1993).