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Edward Payson Wells portrait
Edward Payson Wells portrait
TitleEdward Payson Wells portrait
Date of Original192-?
DescriptionA studio portrait of Edward Payson Wells sitting, wearing a dark suit and tie.
General SubjectPortraits
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Portraits
Business people
Suits (Clothing)
Personal NameWells, Edward P. (Edward Payson), 1847-1936
Organization NameJames River Valley National Bank (Jamestown, N.D.)
LocationJamestown (N.D.)
Stutsman County (N.D.)
Item NumberST211
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original26 x 21 cm.
Transcription"First President of Bank in 1881, E.P. Wells"--Printed on front of photograph.
"Edward Payson Wells, Born: November 9, 1847, Died: October 7, 1936, Was first president of First River National Bank from 1881-1909. Organized the Wells & Dickey Co. in Jamestown, a financial organization which later moved to Minneapolis, MN. Picture from Fist James River National Bank. 65.110.1"--Printed on card. Numbers are accession numbers for the museum.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryEdward Payson Wells was born November 9, 1847 at Troy, Wisconsin, the son of Rev. Milton and Melissa (Smith) Wells. On March 8, 1871 he married Nellie M. Johnson, the daughter of Joseph S. and Ann (Jewett) Johnson of Minneapolis. They had four children. In 1872 Mr. Wells moved to Milwaukee. In April 1878 Mr. Wells moved to Jamestown, Dakota Territory and founded the land company, Wells-Dickey Company. The next year he began to publish the Northwestern Land Journal. That same year his family moved to Jamestown and he built the first permanent house in Jamestown. In 1881 at its founding, he became president of the James River Valley National Bank which office he retained until 1909. Mr. Wells was involved in many activities including railroad construction, grain, elevators, milling, the James River Navigation Company and political affairs. In 1896 he reorganized and became president of the Russell-Miller Milling Company. In 1899 Mr. Wells left Jamestown and after several years of traveling returned to Minneapolis to reside. He moved the headquarters of the Wells-Dickey and Russell-Miller Milling companies there and continued an active and expanded business career, retiring in 1922. Mr. Wells died October 7, 1936 in Minneapolis and was buried at Lakewood Cemetery. Mrs. Wells died in 1930.
Repository InstitutionStutsman County Memorial Museum
Repository CollectionStutsman County Memorial Museum Photographs
Credit LineStutsman County Memorial Museum, Jamestown, N.D. (ST211)
Rights ManagementOwned by Stutsman County Memorial Museum.
Ordering InformationStutsman County Memorial Museum
Phone: 701-252-6741
Address: Box 1002, Jamestown, N.D. 58401
Open: Memorial Day - September, 10am-5pm Weekdays and 1pm-5pm Weekends.
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmST211
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