Obit: Wells, J.V. (1831 - 1912)
Contact: Ann Stevens
Surnames: Wells, Le Clair
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) April 25, 1912
Wells, J.V. (2 Jan 1831 - 21 Apr
The following notice of the death of one of the highly respected early settlers of Black River Falls, on the 24th ult., is from the Gary, S.D., Inter-State:
J.V. Wells, one of the earliest and
oldest residents of Gary, died at his home here Sunday afternoon at
two o’clock, and at the time of his death was 81 years
Mr. Wells was born January 2, 1831,in
Erie county, New York. When he was yet very young his parents
moved to Pennsylvania, and ten years later to Michigan, where he
received his education. He spent the greater part of his
early life there upon his father’s farm, and at the age of
eighteen learned the tinner’s trade. In the fall of
1855 he went to Black River Falls, Wis., and engaged in the
hardware business which he continued until 1878. In June of
that year he moved to Gary, Duel county, this state, and
established a merchandise store. This store was the first one
established in this county, and during the year when times were
hard many settlers has reasons to thank Mr. Wells for his kindness
and generosity in supplying them with the necessaries of life,
On September 13, 1852, Mr. Wells was
married to Armina Le Clair. Mrs. Wells died one year ago last
February. They had no children of their own, but adopted two
boys, Frank and Henry, who everyone knows.
In his business dealings Mr. Wells was upright, square and honorable. His generous deeds, while carried on in his usual quiet and unobtrusive manner, were many. As a citizen he was public spirited and always had the welfare of the town at heart. At home he was a loved and loving husband and father. His memory will be cherished by those who knew him best until time shall be no more.
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