Cuyuna Range Women’s Club spring luncheon planned
DEERWOOD — The Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will meet for the annual spring luncheon at 1 p.m. Monday at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood.
Special music will be provided by students of the Crosby-Ironton High School music department under the direction of Wayne Ellingsen. The program will be given by author Jack Burch. The club will get a sneak preview of the recently written book, “The True Story of Bernard Welch - Master Thief, Ruthless Con Man and Cold-Blooded Killer.” Burch and James King have written the book about Welch, who was called the most prolific burglar of modern time. He eluded
police up and down the East Coast for years, while stealing millions of dollars worth of goods from the elite homeowners of the Washington, D.C., area. We will hear details of Welch’s life from his humble beginnings in upstate New York to the lavish world he created for his family, all financed by his criminal activities. Welch had a summer home in Duluth, where he spent his summers pretending to be a rich antique dealer on vacation while selling the loot from his East Coast robberies. He was finally caught, convicted, imprisoned, escaped and was eventually recaptured.
Burch is a former Minnesota TV newsman. King is a retired Maryland police detective who worked the “Ghost Burglar” case for more than five years. The authors spent five years working on this book.
The luncheon is open to Women’s Club members — past and present — as well as all the women of the Cuyuna Range area. Members are asked to bring a salad and a guest to the luncheon. Hostesses will be the Women’s Club members from Salem Lutheran Church: Carol Haverland, Nancy Latourneau, Lenore McBroom, Myrna Nelson, Darlene Olson, Elsa Ray, Kathryn Schultz, Teddie Skattum and Pat Sylvester.