DECKER HISTORY
James Decker married Catherine Addison on April 16, 1840. In 1856, they came to Minnesota and in 1864 came to Tenhassen Township. Their son, Artemus L.M. Decker, held some township offices in Tenhassen Township and was postmaster there for some time as was his mother Catherine Decker. Catherine Decker kept a store in Tenhassen for many years. She died in 1897 and is buried in Tenhassen cemetery. James was born in 1817. There is no record of his death.
Reuben Decker of Welcome
Succumbs at 76


     A.R. (Rube) Decker, 76, Welcome, died yesterday afternoon in the Veterans Hospital at Sioux Falls where he had been a patient since Nov. 13. He was Welcome's last surviving veteran of the Spanish-American war.
     Death was attributed to a stroke and complications.
     "Rube," as he was affectionately known to everyone in his home community and throughout the county, had been a lifelong resident of Welcome and vicinity. He was born at Plainfield, WI, on June 24, 1880, son of Charles J. and Alvina Decker.
     His father and a chum, Alfred M. Welcome, had previously come to Martin County after the close of the Civil War, staked out homesteads north of Highway 16 southwest of Welcome, and had lived together in a sod shanty while proving up their claims. Then the two pioneers went back to Plainfield, WI, where they married childhood sweethearts. The village of Welcome was named after Alfred M. Welcome. The two men named their sons after each other. Both brought their young families to Martin County.
     Young Rube went to the Spanish-American war in June of 1898, returning in November of the same year and was discharged at New Ulm. He farmed near Welcome until 1918 when he moved to Welcome, working as a carpenter and then as a telephone lineman until 1935 when he retired.
     He was married to Louise Jarchow in Welcome on Sept. 16, 1926. There were no children. Only survivors are Mrs. Decker and one niece, Mrs. Ture Van House of Lyle, MN.
     Mr. Decker was an inveterate fisherman, particularly in the winter, and for years he was to be found on one lake or another in the county nearly every day. From 1922 to 1955, more than 30 years, he served as sexton of the Welcome cemetery on appointment by the village council and kept a most accurate record of the cemetery affairs. He resigned this job in March of 1955.
     Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday from the Olson Funeral Chapel in Fairmont with the Rev. Frank DeCourcy of the Sherburn Methodist church in charge. Burial will be in the Welcome cemetery. Friends may call at the Olson chapel from 2 p.m. Friday until time of the service. (11-29-56)
Welcome Pioneer Dead at 76 Years


     Charles Decker Welcome, was born Sept. 1, 1876, on the homestead of his pioneer father Alfred M. Welcome (for whom the village of Welcome was named) one and one-half miles west of Welcome. He passed away Feb. 5 at the Fairmont Community hospital, where he had been a patient for the past three months, at the age of 76 years.
     Mr. Welcome received his education in his home school (old District 36), in the Welcome school, and at the Breck school of business at Wilder. We was a member of the old Baptist church of Welcome. Since its non-existance he has been interested in the Methodist church, his grandfather being a Methodist minister. For several years he was secretary of the Welcome Cooperative creamery, and at one time served on the Welcome school board.
     April 4, 1900, Mr. Welcome married Ellen Palmer, a Welcome school teacher, a brother of whom, Roy Palmer, resides at Farimont. She passed away in 1915. A son, Donald died in 1912. Mr. Welcome's only brother, Earl, preceded him in death two years ago.
     Surviving are four children, Mrs. Emmitt Blandenfeld (Celia) and Mrs. George Powers (Macel), both of Honolulu, Hawaii, Marcel Welcome, Mankato, and Millard Welcome of Welcome and seven grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held at the Welcome Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 with the Rev. Frank DeCourcey officiating. Burial was in the family lot of the village cemetery.
     The funeral rites at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon for Charles Decker Welcome, pioneer, and one of the earliest white residents born here, were very well attended. Casket bearers were John Sweeney, Andrew Anderson, Chester Montgomery, Gerdis Clemonson, Earl Clear and Kenneth Williams. Honorary bearers were Walter Arndt, Stewart Smith, Henry Alm, Harry Minick, Chris Stusse and Ben Rudig.
     Some of those attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Welcome, Dennis and Joyce, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sinclair, Mankato; Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Sinclair and Donald, Wabasso; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Batalden and family, Lamberton; Messrs. and Mmes. Roy Palmer, Ralph Wellcome, Leon Wellcome, Fred Krumwiede, Herbert Suter and Mr. Martin Cook, Fairmont; Messrs. and Mmes. Robert Wellcome, Walter Smith, Charles Cook and Mrs. Bert... (2-16-1953)