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Elmer Ellsworth Wells (1864-1947)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Elmer Ellsworth Wells, born 24 April 1864 in New York, the son of Alvah Wells (1826-1901) and Marietta Smith (1827-1896). Wells was just five years of age when his parents came to South Bend, where his father was widely known as a manufacturer for many years. Young Wells was educated in the public schools of this city, and in 1876 began active business with his father in the manufacture of interior finish and woodwork under the style of A. Wells and Son. This partnership continued for 20 years, when it was succeeded by the Wells Manufacturing Company. He purchased full control of the firm of A. Wells & Son in 1892. The Company, which originally was located on the corner of St. Joseph and Washington Streets, later moved several times into larger quarters. In 1912 Mr. Wells built the plant, covering between 2 and 3 acres, at 1701 S. Main St., and changed the name of the business to the Wells Manufacturing Co. The company, which employed from 12 to 15 workmen, manufactured lumber for engravers and backing-lumber for electrotypers, which products were sold internationally, The Wells Manufacturing Co. constructed the drinking fountains on the grounds of the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893. Mr. Wells, who formerly was president of the company, served chairman of the board. He was married in 1883 to Miss Lydia Folk and he died 10 September 1947 in Indiana. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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This month's seasonal challenge highlights the theme of Christmas and two music-makers connected with the holiday 50 years ago with Christmas-themed musical albums. In December 1967 Mike Douglas released the My Kind of Christmas album, and Ella Fitzgerald released Ella Fitzgerald's Christmas album.

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