A towering Michigan timber baron — and those who followed

Summer in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee
Family obelisk in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee

The Big Picture
Who was J.W. Wells? Who were his kids?

Family tree
Being updated as of December 2014. Send additions and corrections to Bob Wells at email/phone below.

Early Wells History
Your ancestors came from England in 1635. Read the fascinating early family history here. By Peter Wells

Who was J. W. Wells?
Two accounts of his life story — from a Menominee newspaper and a 1911 history book.

Photo gallery
Photos of J.W., Isabella, their offspring, Menominee and more. See: the family riding camels in Egypt in 1901!

Memories of a Menominee Wells
Notes on growing up in Menominee. Written in 2001 by the late Tom Wells

The great fire
Photos from the fire of April 13, 1931 that burned down the J. W. Wells Lumber Co. mill and parts of Menominee.

An obituary for the lumber company
A 1966 newspaper article marks the end of an era in logging.

Wells family gravestones
At Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.

Did you know?
Random but interesting info about the Menominee Wellses

Last of her generation
Mary Walsh Yates, the last surviving member of the second generation of J.W.’s descendants, died on Sept. 28, 2008, at age 88. Details

Editor: Bob Wells
Boulder, Colorado
(303) 447-3400