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Information for Charles Sherman Wells
9 July, 1868 - 1963
Article transcribed from
The History of Idaho,
The Gem of the Mountains, Vol. II
Pgs. 996 and 997
by James Henry Hawley
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, 1920
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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C. S. Wells

     C. S. Wells, who is successfully following farming, his place of two hundred and eighty acres being pleasantly and conveniently located a mile and a half northeast of Caldwell, was born in Lucas county, Iowa, July 9, 1868. The following year his parents removed with their family to Missouri, where he acquired his education, pursuing his studies to the age of eleven years, when he began to provide for his own support. Through the succeeding five years he worked as a laborer. When sixteen years of age he became an employer and since that time has been farming for himself. In 1883, accompanied by his mother and brother, he removed to Nebraska, where he began farming on his own account, remaining for five years in that state, on the expiration of which period the family went to Kansas, where C. S. Wells again devoted his attention to the occupation of farming, and also took up the business of raising live stock, in which he continued for fourteen years.
     It was in 1903 that Mr. Wells and family arrived in Caldwell, Idaho, and he purchased his present farm, it being the Hi Jobe estate. The property is located a mile and a half northeast of Caldwell and one hundred and sixty acres of the farm is planted to blue grass and white clover. The broad fields appear as level as the floor and nothing more beautiful was ever seen in the blue grass region of Kentucky. In addition to the production of crops, Mr. Wells raises grain and live stock, making a specialty of shorthorn cattle and registered Percheron and standard bred horses. The draft stock and cattle which he has on his farm are worthy of special mention. Mr. Wells is meeting with very substantial success in the development and improvement of his farm, as he carries on general agricultural pursuits and stock raising.
     In 1893 Mr. Wells was married to Miss Maggie Walker, of Iowa, and they became the parents of five children: Luella Fern, Jessie, Rachel May, Everett James and Edna Marguerite. The wife and mother passed away April 20, 1916.
     In the years of his residence in the northwest Mr. Wells has made steady progress and is now one of the prosperous business men of Canyon county. He deserves much credit for what he has accomplished, as he started out in business life empty-handed when a young man. From that time forward he has been dependent entirely upon his own resources and labors, and his progressiveness and energy have enabled him to wrest fortune from the hands of fate and win a place among the leading farmers and stock raisers of the section in which he has chosen to make his home.

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