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Thursday, June 28, 1934
In sadness we chronicle this week the passing of the owner and editor of the Enterprise.
While he had the full length of days allotted by the Psalmist as the life of man, yet the
span of life seems short. And while we deplore the loss and will feel for a long time the
lonesomeness suggested by his vacant chair, we will sense his comradeship and long
remember the many good days made better because of his presence and advice.
Will Wells was born May 27, 1864, at Clinton, Ill. Moved later to Odebolt, Iowa, from
there to Schaller, Iowa, 1890, and to Payette in 1900, where he has since lived. The
funeral was held at the Landon parlors Tuesday of this week at 2:30, and was conducted
according to the rites of the Christian Science Church, by D. T. Sleep, First Reader of
the Payette Church.
He became interested in the Enterprise in 1908 and assumed active management in 1917. He
was for a time engaged in the real estate business with A. E. Wood, who passed away a
number of years ago. Mr. Wells and W. P. Ackerman of New Plymouth were partners in the
fruit and produce shipping business for a number of years. He was at one time engaged in
real estate and coal business with Wm. Maule, who is yet an active citizen of Payette. He
developed and owned one of the good orchards of the valley which is known for the fine
quality of Rome Beauty apples. Active in civic activities and politics. A considerable
number of years ago he was elected justice of the peace and has continuously held the
office since, his services in this capacity being so satisfactory that he was re-elected
Mr. Wells also has served for a considerable time as police judge of Payette.
He made many friends as a newspaper editor and publisher. It was never his policy to
print hateful, critical things about his fellow man. He deplored human weakness and short
comings, and dealt in mercy with others. The passing of Will Wells takes from our civic
and social life one who has long been an active member and worker for the betterment of
our city and community.
Upon the new made grave of our friend, the communities friend, we lay a wreath of kind
Notwithstanding a constant down pour of rain a large gathering of people were in
attendance at the service. The floral gifts were exceedingly profuse and beautiful.