Biography of Walter Wells
Potter County, PA Biographies

WALTER WELLS, general merchant, Oswayo, was born in Oswayo township, Potter Co., Penn , February 25, 1836, a son of John and Polly (Potter) Wells, natives of Petersburg, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., who settled in Oswayo township in 1832. His father was a carpenter by trade, but, after settling in Potter county, spent most of his life in fanning and lumbering. He erected a saw-mill in Oswayo, and did an extensive business. His family consisted of four daughters and one son, viz.: Esther (Mrs. Stillman Green), Sardinia (Mrs. Isaac Pierce), Sally Ann (Mrs. Perry Potter), Wealthy (Mrs. Charles H. Simmons) and Walter. Walter Wells was reared in Oswayo, where most of his life has been spent. He began life as a farmer and lumberman, and for twenty-two years has been engaged in the mercantile business at Oswayo. He married, November 13, 1858, Sarah M., daughter of Eleazer and Mary E. (Hollister) Lyman, of Oswayo, formerly of Vermont. They have four children-Arthur G., Ernest L., Myrtle W. and J. Walter. Mr. Wells served as sheriff of Potter county from 1875 to 1878; was postmaster of Oswayo in 1872-73, and from 1879 until the present time, still holding the office. He has held nearly all the local offices of the township. Politically he is a Republican.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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