biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
GEORGE A. WELLS, of Wells Bros., dealers in stoves and tinware, at Oskaloosa, was born in Knox County, Ohio, Nov. 28, 1841, and is the son of E. W. and Mary (Arnold) Wells. He came to Oskaloosa with his parents in 1851, and received a common-school education in the city schools. He afterward learned the tinner's trade and worked at it as a journeyman until 1869, when he formed his present partnership with his brother, O. O. Wells. The firm carries an average stock of beteen $3,000 and $4,000, and shows a fine assortment of goods. They also make a speclalty of galvanized iron work, such as cornices, building fronts, etc., and the many fine specimens of their skill in this peculiar branch in this and other surrounding cities, are the best possible testimonial as to their ability in this direction. The subject of this sketch was married at Oskaloosa, in January, 1862, to Miss Carrie, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of Dwight Riggs. Two children were born to this marriage, a son and daughterÄM. Louise and E. Walter. Mrs. Wells died in February, 1868. July 7, 1872, Mr. Wells was again married, Miss Jane Martin, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of George Martin, becoming his wife. To this latter marriage four children have been bornÄG. Elmer, Bert, Ada and Raymond. Mr. Wells is a Mason and an Odd Fellow. His life from boyhood has been one of unceasing labor, and what he has accumulated is the result of his toil and prudent management, for he had only the labor of his hands at the beginning, with a thorough knowledge of his trade as his capital stock. As a skilled mechanic in certain branches of his business, he has few, if any, equals, and no superiors in this section of the State.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy