James B. Welsh, one of the most successful real estate
men of the city, was born March 15, 1852, at Danville, Kentucky,
where, in 1872, he was graduated from Centre College. For ten
years after graduation, Mr. Welsh was engaged in mercantile business
in Danville. In 1882 he moved to Kansas City, and engaged in the
Wholesale Notion and millinery business, but after four years of it he
entered the real estate business, which has engaged his attention ever
since. Mr. Welsh formed his present partnership with E.
R. Crutcher in 1892, and together they have transacted much of the
most important real estate business of the city. To their own
business they have added by purchase the real estate and rental
business of A. A. Whipple in 1897, of Harrison & Jones in 1898,
and of Tribble & Pratt in 1899.
Mr. Welsh was married in 1878 to Miss Mary
McKee, daughter of Prof. James Lapsley McKee, vice-president of Centre
College. They have two sons, McKee and George Winston Welsh.