Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #22 Charles Edgar WELLS 1886-1973

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.

charlesedgarwells1The photograph above was taken before the WELLS family moved to San Luis Obispo County, California. The quality of the digital image is not high enough to zoom in on the items pinned to his lapel.

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.

lapelCharles 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.

charlesedgarwells2Charles 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.

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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.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

As a military brat I've lived in Georgia, France, Idaho, West Virginia, Spain, South Carolina, Texas, and Luxembourg. Married 39 years with two grown children. When I’m not doing genealogy, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful countryside in Luxembourg and surrounding countries.

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