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First furrows in LaMoure Co. with Edward Payson Wells at the plow
First furrows in LaMoure Co. with Edward Payson Wells at the plow
TitleFirst furrows in LaMoure Co. with Edward Payson Wells at the plow
Date of Original1880
CreatorHaynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay), 1853-1921
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionA view of a field with Edward Payson Wells behind the plow, being pulled by a team of two ox, making the first furrows in LaMoure County, North Dakota. There are many people watching, and a cart with people being pulled by two horses on the left. There are other horse and oxen teams and in the distance two buildings are visible.
General SubjectAgriculture
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)People
Ox teams
Carts & wagons
Horse teams
Agricultural machinery & implements
Personal NameWells, Edward P. (Edward Payson), 1846-1936
LocationLaMoure County (N.D.)
North Dakota
Item NumberST286
Format of OriginalStereographs
Dimensions of Original10 x 18 cm.
Transcription"No. 2 First Furrows in La Moure Co. 1880, E. P. Wells at the plow" -- Printed on sheet of paper underneath stereograph.
"F. Jay Haynes, Fargo, D.T. Official Photographer, N.P.R.R."--Printed on front of stereograph.
"Wells at the plow" and "#481 E.P. Wells' Farm Grand Rohids"--Handwritten on front of stereograph.
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. (ST286)
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 IDdmST286
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