Biography of Guy Edward Wells
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Guy Edward Wells. Numbered among the successful and representative business men, as well as the prominent citizens of Lorain County is Guy Edward Wells, vice president of the First Wellington Bank, director of the Farmers Grain & Milling Company, and the head of one of the foremost insurance and real estate businesses in this section of the state. He was born in Wellington, September 15, 1881, a son of Edward and Mary (Hastings) Wells, and belongs to a family that has had a long and honorable identification with Wellington's business interests.

Edward Wells was born at Oswego, New York, October 28, 1852, and his wife who is a native of Jefferson County, New York, was born in 1858. They have been residents of Wellington for over fifty years, Mr. Wells having been a member of the firm of E. Wells & Son since 1877, and is still actively engaged in the management of this business. He has taken a prominent part in civic affairs, serving as a member of the board of education, city council, and board of jury commissioners of Lorain County. Mr. and Mrs. Wells reside at 143 East Main Street. They have two sons: Guy Edward, subject of this review; and Howard P., who resides at 673 Chilton Avenue, Niagara Falls, N. Y.

Guy Edward Wells received his education in the public schools of Wellington, in which town practically his entire life has been spent. A business, rather than a professional, career appealed to him and at once after leaving school accepted a position as clerk in a drug store. In 1901 he entered business for himself and for the next decade was prominently identified with Wellington's mercantile interests. It was in 1911 when he established himself in the general insurance and real estate business wherein he has achieved a success that ranks him with the ablest representatives of these interests in Lorain County. His offices are in the Wells Building.

On March 15, 1905, Mr. Wells was married in Wellington, to Miss Mama Stemple of that town, and a daughter of Levi and Mary (Gearhart) Stemple, both of whom were natives of Carroll County, Ohio. The former passed away in Wellington, June 21, survived by his widow who resides at 131 Parkside, Wellington. To Mr. and Mrs. Guy Edward Wells were born three sons: Edward S., born July 25, 1906, graduated from Wellington High School in 1924, and received his B. A. degree from Ohio State University with the class of '29, he is now principal of the Huntington public schools and resides in Wellington; Lawrence Sydney, born April 4, 1908, graduated from Wellington High school in 1926, is now attending Ohio State University, a member of the class of '32; Guy Stuart, born March 30, 1916, attends Wellington High school.

Mr. Wells is one of the prominent Republicans of Lorain County and has long been one of the party's counsellors and advisors in this section. He served as mayor of Wellington from 1918 to 1924. He has also served as chairman of the Lorain County Republican Executive Committee, and during the World War was fuel and food commissioner in this section of the county.

In his religious connection Mr. Wells is a member of the Congregational Church and for a number of years has been a member of its board of trustees; he is an ex-president of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Oberlin Golf club. Fraternally he is a prominent Mason, belonging to Wellington Lodge, F. & A. M. No. 127; Wellington Chapter, R. A. M. No. 105; Elyria Commandery, K. T., No. 60; Lake Erie Consistory, 32nd degree; Al Koran Temple; and Order of The Eastern Star.

Mr. Wells is an excellent example of the type of business man developed in the present age, keenly alive to the possibilities of a business proposition and is recognized as a man of ripe experience whose clear headed judgment in general business affairs is highly regarded. There are few, if any, business men in southern Lorain County who are any better, or more favorably known. The elements were happily blended in the rounding of his nature, for he unites the refinements of life with the sterner qualities of manhood and his efforts have been resultant factors in whatever he undertakes.

His residence at No. 147 South Main Street, is one of Wellington's attractive homes.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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