JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
ONE OF COUNTY'S BEST-KNOWN MEN DIES LAST NIGHT
"Uncle John" Wells' Life Spent in This Community; Was an Asset
to Jefferson County
WAS A GREAT BIBLE STUDENT
Devoted to His Family; Was a Kind and Indulgent Father; Loved by
all Who Knew Him.
John W. WELLS, age 85 years, 5 months and 19 days died
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. O. Fox, 2007 Broadway at 10:30
last night. Old age was given as the cause of death which brought to
an end a life of value to the community.
Mr. Wells had been confined to his home for the past seven years
and to his room for more than a year but his interest in his friends
and neighbors was such that he invited their visits and enjoyed their
"Uncle John" as he was known throughout the county, was the fourth
of twelve children of William Wells and Lucy Farthing Wells and he was
born on the old Wells place two and a half miles west of Bonnie in Elk
Prairie township on September 16, 1842.
Of the eight boys and four girls in his immediate family, the nine
who lived to maturity married and became residents in the neighborhood
in which they were born. Here Mr. Wells farmed until about 31 years ago
when he retired from active farming and devoted his time to the management
of his two farms and other businesses.
He married Susan Catherine Gilbert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philo
Gilbert on January 1, 1865. Six children, five of whom died in infancy
were born to this union which lasted until the death angel took Mrs. Wells
on January 12, 1918. More than fifty- three years of happy married life
were spent by this old couple and their golden wedding anniversary
celebration was a day long remembered
Two brothers remain of the once large family. Edward Wells of Elk
Prairie and J.P. Wells of Mt. Vernon survive the others and keep alive
the Wells name which has been so promoinent in the history of Jefferson
Mr. Wells was very active in affairs of the community but was never a
seeker of political favors. He never held county offices but was an active
member of the Democratic party and influential in affairs of the party.
Mr. Wells was a great student and was an interested reader of current
events of general and political nature. As a Bible student, very few could
excell him and he continued to read the Book until his frail hands would
no longer support it. The effect of this Bible study upon his life cannot
be doubted as his life was an exemplary one modeled on the teachings of the
Book he loved.
The body will lie in state at the home from 10:a.m. until 12 noon
tomorrow. Funeral services will be held at the house at 1:30 with Rev.
George R. Goodman in charge. The funeral party will leave on the Jefferson
Southwestern car for South Hickory Hill where burial will occur in the
cemetery in which so many of the same name are buried.
John Wells died 1928
Sumitted by Phyllis Patterson
2 Jan 2001
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