This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, “Please use them at your will. I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit. If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work. I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them. On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”
#22 Charles Edgar WELLS 1886-1973
Charles Edgar WELLS was born in Brownfield, Pope County, Illinois, on 26 November 1886. He was the son of Charles Thomas “Tom” WELLS and Mathilda J. “Tillie” ROYALTY.
Update (one day after post): Cousin Joe kindly sent me this closeup of the medals pinned to his lapel. Still not legible but maybe someone will recognize them.
Charles married Suda LOCKE shortly before Christmas Day in 1913 in Los Angeles County, California. This places the move from Illinois to California in the 1910-1913 timeframe as the family was in Johnson County, Illinois, for the 1910 census.
Charles was a teacher on 5 June 1917 when the World War I Draft Registration Card was filled out and was still working in education in 1942 when the World War II Draft Registration Card was filled out.
Charles died 18 May 1973 in San Luis Obispo County, California. He was survived by his wife and children and his sister, Frances “Fannie” WELLS, widow of Lee Martin ROSS.
Links to previous posts in this series may be found in Old Photographs
Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.
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