Lois Miller Welch is the is the daughter of the late Almeda (Quinney) and Delbert Miller. Lois has one surviving sister, Alberta Gulbronson (Shorty). Two sisters passed away as infants or at a very young age: Vivian and Marion. Lois was raised and lived in the Morgan and Red Springs area most of her life until she moved to the reservation.
She first attended school at the LakeView School in Red Springs, then went to the Mission Indian School for a short time period and was finally transferred and finished the 7th grade at Wittenberg Indian School. Lois is currently employed by the Experience Works Program, which is the old Green Thumb Program. Her job site is the Moshuebee Apartment Building.
She cleans the lounge area, keeps coffee made for the tenants, cleans the public bathroom and maintains the laundry facility.
She married Leonard A. "Stub" Welch in the parsonage of the Lutheran Indian Mission Church in Red Springs and the Rev. Boettcher performed the ceremony.
Pudge and Chemon Welch were their witnesses. Lois said this was the most memorable day in her life. It was so very, very cold that night that Pudge had to keep a blanket over the radiator of the car in order for it to warm up. Stub passed away in February of 1993. Lois and Stub had and raised 7 children: Leonard "Mr. Bingo", Leslie, Joe, Lorraine, John, Lynne "Squeek", and Delbert Gulbronson. Joe passed away in 1976. There are 21 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and I great-great granddaughter.
Her most enjoyable memory as a child was when her family lived in a house owned by Milton Atterman, near Lost Lake (Red Springs) and playing on the farm of Bill and Grace Sperberg. The Sperbergs had a farm up the road and past the old Dodge Farm. Lois and Shorty would go to play with the Sperberg kids and were allowed to ride horse and play in the haymow. Mrs. Sperberg would always make the kids a real nice lunch. Then they would all have to go out and pick cucumbers to make pickles and green beans for canning. As a teen, Lois loved going to Aunt Laurie's house because Auntie had her own little band. Riley played guitar, Chemon played the organ, and someone had a violin or fiddle but she can't remember who it was, anyway, Em and Gin would sing square dance songs to the music and Pudge would call out the moves. Everybody else would dance and it was a great time with good entertainment.
Another wonderful memory that she truly enjoyed was going out with her mother "Mid" and walking to homes to make bread for the families. They would walk from house to house, sometimes stay over night and then move on to another house in the morning to make bread for another family. They always made bread for Aunt Myra, Aunt Lil, and Aunt Laurie, in addition to the homes of other families where someone was sick. We would be gone all day and all night. Lois is known for her own great tasting homemade bread and fried bread. She has made bread for plenty of the community fund raising groups and family rummage sales. Lois no longer makes bread because of a bum shoulder. She still enjoys going fishing, taking trips and shopping with other Elders, and of course, the Casino!
Lois said the biggest personal accomplishment of her life was raising 7 children and the thing she is most proud of is, her children. Her children are close and supporting to her and their own families.
Lois has always loved to travel. She loves to go, any place. If a car stops, she'll jump in. When her kids were small, they did quite a bit of riding around in the car, going to all the little towns in the area. In her early years of marriage she and her family traveled to Sturgeon Bay to fish with Chemon, to pick cherries with the Liza and Riley Mohawk family and picked potatoes with the Cleo and Arthur Malone family. Lois went to Milwaukee and worked at Alice Chalmers during the war when many other women were working in factories. Stub worked there too, but city life wasn't for them. They moved back to the Red Springs area around 1949.
Lois' biggest dream was to fly in an airplane. Her dream came true in 2000 when her granddaughter Shawn Moede talked her into flying with her and a group of other Tribal members out to Washington D.C. for a day to rally with hundreds of other Tribes for Tribal Sovereign Immunity. It was very, very hot, with no shade, and then there was a problem with the airplane, the plane had to turn around and we had to wait for a different one. I was probably the only person on the plane that wasn't very scared because I had no flying experience so I didn't know what to be afraid of We were late getting back, but I will never forget the airplane ride. The flying part was unbelievable she said, there is no way to explain it, it was awesome.
Lois also ventured to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for 10 days in 2002 to watch the Indigenous Games. Again, a most wonderful experience; excitement, and pleasure to watch as her great-granddaughter Tashina Williams participated in volleyball and won a bronze medal.
As an elder, Lois would like to say: understand the importance of an education and finish school. Lois feels that she truly never had that opportunity. Plus, kids need to always listen to their parents, if you do as they say to do, and not what you see them doing, you should do pretty good.
A funny story that she'll never forget is when her Grandpa Fred Menore would take cucumbers and beans to the old pickle factory in Gresham. Remember that? Anyway, Grandpa would get the money for them, then go get a few groceries, and end up at the local tavern. He always took a lantern along to light and hang it on the buggy for the way home. The horses just always knew the way, Grandpa didn't have to steer. When us kids knew Grandpa was going to be late, we had to go down and leave the gate open. One night we forgot to open the gate. The horses took Grandpa and the buggy right through the gate. Needless to say, the gate was broke, the buggy was broke and our groceries were all over the place. We all thought it was very funny but Grandpa didn't agree.