Biography of Norris B. Wells
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Norris B. Wells, who is a veteran of the World War, is one of the prominent young men of Columbus, where he is chief of equipment, Department of Highways, State of Ohio. He was born at Columbus Grove, Ohio, June 2, 1896, the son of C. M. and Laura (Killen) Wells.

C. M. Wells was born at Salida, Ohio, where he was reared and educated. Throughout his business career he has been interested in the shoe business as a traveling salesman. His wife was born at Canton, Ohio. They live at 2628 Glenmawr Avenue, Columbus. Mr. Wells is a Republican, and an active member of the North Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served as president of the Gideon Society of Ohio for several years. To Mr. and Mrs. Wells were born seven children as follows: Flossie L., the widow of M. E. Balimer, lives at Lansing, Michigan; Norris B., the subject of this sketch; Mary, married James Schwerin, lives at Columbus; Eva, married Dr. Wayne Brehm, lives at Columbus; C. B., lives at Toronto, Ohio; Joseph T., lives at Columbus; and Aloise, a graduate of North High School, class of 1930, lives at home.

Norris B. Wells spent his boyhood at Columbus Grove, where he received his education. He was graduated from Ada (Ohio) High School and spent two years at Ohio Northern University. He spent some time in Nevada on a geological survey for the United States government, and in October, 1917, enlisted for service in the World War, being sent to Camp Lewis, Washington. After nine months he sailed for France, where he participated in numerous important engagements of the war, including the St. Mihiel drive and the Argonne defensive. He served with the rank of corporal, Company A, Three Hundred Sixteenth Engineers, Ninety first Division. He was discharged from Camp Sherman, Ohio, May 5, 1919, and returned to Ada. After a short time he came to Columbus to enter government work in the reserve depot. He entered the employ of the state, February 1, 1920, as stock clerk, Department of Highways. Four years later he was made assistant to the chief of equipment, and in 1928 was promoted to that position.

In January, 1919, Mr. Wells was united in marriage with Ethel Crimm, of Columbus, the daughter of M. J. and Martha Crimm. He died in 1918 and his widow lives at Morral, Ohio. 'To Mr. and Mrs. Wells have been born four children: Robert B., born July 15, 1920; Caroline Jane, born July 7, 1922; Norris B., Jr., born October 20, 1924; and Patricia Ann, born May 20, 1928.

Mr. Wells is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with Linden Lodge, No. 637, Free and Accepted Masons. He is a Republican. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Metal Tire Cover Company.

The paternal and maternal grandfathers of Mr. Wells served throughout the Civil War. Marvel B. Wells was a drummer boy, and Norris B. Killen held the rank of an officer.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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