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Welter visited Dubuque in 1901 to see his ill mother. At the time the foreman and stockholder of the Carroll B. gold mine located twelve miles from Baker City, Oregon, he brought with him some ore. Visiting A. R. KNIGHTS AND COMPANY, he had a ring made for his sister, Miss Ida Welter. (1) According to an article in the LUXEMBURGER GAZETTE, Mathias also invested in shares of other gold mines in the Sumpter area. He sold those shares for $10,000. (2)
11,000 boxes of peaches 46 cents each $5,060.00 400 boxes of pears 35 cents each 140.00
1,400 boxes of apples 1,400.00
7 tons of potatoes 140.00
50 head of hogs 500.00
He gathered 2,176 peaches from eighty-three trees. (4)
Note: At least two Iowans played a role in the fruit industry of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to Matt Welter who advertised the area's potential, Henderson Lewelling must be remembered. Leaving the area around Bentonsport in southeast Iowa, Lewelling introduced the Bing cherry to Oregon.
1. "Likes the Far West," Dubuque Daily Telegraph, March 18, 1901, p. 5. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fDdBAAAAIBAJ&sjid=y6gMAAAAIBAJ&dq=matt-welter&pg=2346%2C121808
2. Nancy Welter. E-mail, December 5, 2013
3. "Fruit Farming in Oregon," Telegraph Herald, November 20, 1910, p. 11. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=_rJCAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqsMAAAAIBAJ&dq=welter%20fruit%20dubuque&pg=1338%2C7793888