Person:Elmer Wells (3)

Elmer Ellsworth Wells
m. bef 1864
  1. Elmer Ellsworth Wells1864 - 1947
  • HElmer Ellsworth Wells1864 - 1947
  • WLydia A Folk1859 - 1928
m. 2 Mar 1884
  1. Nellie May Wells1884 - 1944
  2. Earl Clyde Wells1886 - 1939
  3. Elmer Glenmore Wells1888 - 1974
  4. Grace Margaret Wells1891 - 1980
  5. Beatrice Lillian Wells, twin1893 - 1989
  6. Burniece Lydia Wells, twin1893 - 1979
  7. Ralph Donald Wells1897 - 1961
  8. Ruth Ailene Wells1903 - 1994
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] Elmer Ellsworth Wells
Gender Male
Birth[3][4][8] 24 Apr 1864 New York, United States
Marriage 2 Mar 1884 St. Joseph Co., Indiana, United Statesto Lydia A Folk
Occupation[3][5] Bet 1900 and 1910 South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United Statesa table manufacturer
Other 8 Jun 1900 1505 South Michigan Street, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana, United StatesCensus1900
with Lydia A Folk
Other 21 Apr 1910 1505 South Michigan Street, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana, United StatesCensus1910
with Lydia A Folk
Occupation[6] 1920 South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United Statesa manufacturer
Other 8 Jan 1920 1505 South Michigan Street, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana, United StatesCensus1920
with Lydia A Folk
Death[2][4] 10 Sep 1947 Indiana, United States
Reference Number? 58600
Other[7] 11 Sep 1947 South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana, United StatesObituary
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Biography -1901

South Bend and The Men Who Have Made It - Historical, Descriptive, Biographical - Illustrated/ Compiled by: Anderson and Cooley/ South Bend: The Tribune Printing Co. 1901 (stamped Public Library, July 30, 1974, South Bend , Indiana) page 155 --Jamminjudy 00:27, 24 September 2008 (EDT)

Elmer E. Wells, president of the Wells and Kreighbaum Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of fine extension and parlor tables, No. 1306 South High Street, is a native of the Empire state and was born at Avoca, Steuben County, New York, April 24, 1861. He was the son of Alva Wells and Marietta [Smith] Wells.

When but five years of age 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.

In 1898 the Wells & Kreighbaum Manufacturing Company was organized and incorporated with Mr. Wells as President, which responsible position he now holds. The enterprise of which he is the head is one of the largest industrial concerns of our city and one that is truly typical of South Bend in push, growth and enterprise. Mr. Wells is a careful and energetic businessman and a citizen of usefulness.

He was married in 1883 to Miss Lydia Folk, of St. Joseph County, and resides in a pretty home at No. 1505 South Michigan Street.

Biography -1940

"E.E.Wells, the subject of this sketch, 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 present 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 employs from 12 to 15 workmen, manufactures lumber for engravers and backing-lumber for electrotypers, which products are 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, now is serving as chairman of the board. He is retired from active business. He is a member of the following: National Photoengravers Association : National Electrotypers Association: Association of Commerce: Y.M.C.A.: Maccabees: St. Joseph County Chapter, Citizens Historical Association: and M.E. Church"

Source: Anderson & Cooley, South Bend and The Men Who Have Made It, Prominent Citizens of St. Joseph County page 38

News Article


"Late Industrialist's estate Valued at $200,000.

Bequests of $1000. to the St. Joseph county chapter of the American Red Cross and $500. to the City Rescue mission of South Bend are contained in the will of Elmer E. Wells, retired manufacturer who died in his home, 1505 South Michigan St, Sept 10 at the age of 86.

The bulk of his estate, estimated to have a total value of $200,000 in personal property, will go to six children, a grandchild and a daughter-in-law in one- eighth shares, according to the will which has been filed in the court of Probate Judge J. Clifford Potts. Judge Potts approved appointment of the National Bank & Trust company as executor.

The children are Mrs. Grace Collier, of Laporte, Ind; Mrs. Bernice Hollister , of Orlando, Fla, and Mrs. Beatrice Hintz, Mrs. Ruth Baer, Ralph D Wells, and Elmer G Wells, all of South Bend. Also named are Glenmore Mann, and Mrs. Helma Wells, widow of Mr.Wells' deceased son Earl. Mr. Wells was president of the former Wells Manufacturing company"

Source: South Bend Tribune; South Bend, Indiana; Sep. 11, 1947



"Four-Day Illness Ends Career of Former Manufacturer.

Death claimed Elmer Ellsworth Wells, aged 86, one of the older residents of the city and president of the former Wells Manufacturing company, at 11:45 pm Wednesday in his residence at 1505 South Michigan St. He was ill four days.

Mr. Wells was born in Steuben county, New York, April 24, 1861, and came here 81 years ago. At the age of 15, he went into business with his father under the firm name of A. Wells & Son for the purpose of manufacturing office and store fixtures. Elmer conducted the business for his father for a number of years prior to the latter's death, the father having lost his eyesight some years before his death. In 1889 the name was changed to the Wells Manufacturing company, and they began to specialize in the manufacturing of tables. This company then became the Shidler Brothers company in 1903 and Mr. Wells re-organized a company under the name of the Wells Manufacturing company for manufacturing engravers and electrotypers' supplies. This plant was sold in 1944 to the W. M. Hass organizations.

In 1883 in South Bend, Mr. Wells married Lydia Folk, who is deceased. He is survived by six children; E. Glen, Ralph D., Mrs. Lillian Hintz and Mrs. Ruth Baer, all of South Bend; Mrs. Grace Collier, of Laporte, Ind., and Mrs. Bernice Hollister, of Orlando, Fla., and a sister, Mrs. Della Zimmerman, of Detroit, Mich. Friends may call in the Hay Funeral home after noon Friday and until funeral services there at 2 pm. Saturday. Rev. R. H. Parker, pastor of the Indiana Avenue Christian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery"

Source: South Bend Tribune; South Bend, Indiana; Sep. 11, 1947

Image Gallery
  1. Indiana Marriages 1800-1941, Url:, book 9; page 207.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Obituary. (further information available upon request).
  3. 3.0 3.1 United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T623), ED#136; sheet 11B; ancestry image22.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bill Folk. Descendants of Barholomew Clark.pdf Nov 2007, Recipient: Kristina Kuhn Krumm, Address: Hilton Head, SC, Author E-mail: (Nov. 27, 2007).
  5. United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624), ED#190; sheet 7B; ancestry image 14.
  6. United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625), ED#264; page 165; sheet: 7A; ancestry image: 13.
  7. South Bend Tribune Electronic Edition, Url:
  8. both parents born in New York (from 1900 census). Also have birth as Apr 24, 1861 from Bill Folk