Biography of Benjamin H. Wells
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Benjamin H. Wells, vice president of the Mitchell & Dill Company, is a progressive business man of North East and a veteran of the World War. He was born here June 30, 1889, and is a son of William D. and Mildred (Miller) Wells.

William D. Wells was a native of Wesleyville, Pa., born in 1852. When A boy he learned the blacksmith's and wagonmaker's trade, which he followed successfully for 40 years. He died Dec. 25, 1913, and is buried in North East cemetery. His wife., a native of Canada, resides with her daughter in North East. Mr. and Mrs. Wells had four children: William, deceased; John D., lives at Buffalo, N. Y.; Helen Nash, lives at North East; and B. H., the subject of this sketch.

After attending the public and high schools of North East, B. H.. Wells attended Bryant & Stratton's College, Buffalo, and Davis Business College, Erie. He then entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad and later engaged in the real estate business at North East. Sincd 1917 Mr. Wells has been interested in the automobile business. He served throughout the World! War with the 418th Telegraph Battalion, a year of which was spent in France.

On Oct. 10, 1912, Mr. Wells was united in marriage with Miss Harriet A. Backus, of North East, the daughter of Andrew M. and Mary (Moorehead) Backus, both deceased.

Politically Mr. Wells is a Republican. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and belongs to the Masonic and Elks lodges, the American Legion, and the Sons of Veterans.

From:
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis
1925

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