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Alonzo Wells (1900)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 12/7/2017 at 07:45:08

The Indianola Herald
Indianola, Iowa
Thursday, March 29, 1900
Page 7, Column 4

Mr. Wells, who died somewhat suddenly at his home in this city Saturday night, March 24, 1900, was born in Wellsville, Vinton county, Ohio, May 14, 1826, and was therefore at the time of death 73 years, 10 months, and 10 days old.

In an early day he went to California and spent three years in that state and while there fell in with and was an associate of Mr. Reeves, a brother of Solomon Reeves of this city. These old California comrades met in this city a few years ago after a separation of about 40 years, each greatly enjoying the meeting. Mr. Wells returning to his home in Ohio after the three years absence made arrangements and in March 1854 landed in Iowa, purchasing a tract of land and settling near Greenbush, of this county where he lived for many years, removing from there to a farm in Madison county upon which he resided about 21 years. From there he moved back to the community about three miles north of Spring Hill, to a farm where he remained for a few years and then removed to the home in this city where the family has lived since about 1891.

In 1856 he and Rachel O. Perkins, daughter of Solomon and Polly Perkins, were married at Greenbush, and it can be truthfully said that their 44 years of married life were exceptionally happy ones. Their home was noted for genuine friendship and hospitality. At a revival conducted by Rev. Laubach at Greenbush in the winter of 1858, Mr. Wells was converted and joined the Methodist church, and continued in the faith then received to the day of his death. He was a good man, an honorable citizen, a God-fearing Christian, loved and respected by a wide circle of friends who now feel his death as a personal loss.

The Anderson Bros. have known him since 1857 and we claim him as having been among our most respected friends, for he was a true friend to us when friends were needed. His life was a quiet one, the gentle and conservative always predominating in his nature and we are safe in saying that few men have had a better or more lovable disposition. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Elsie, to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.

The funeral occurred Tuesday, March 27, Rev. Emory Miller, his pastor, conducting the services.

The following relatives and friends from a distance attended the funeral: Solomon Perkins and son Will of Kansas, W. H. Swan and wife, and D. D. Cale and wife of Cumming, A. I. Lierly and wife, Elizabeth Perkins and Mrs. A. Mitchell of Norwalk, and Will Griffin and wife of Milo.

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