WELLS, George 1821-1906
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Date: 9/24/2010 at 14:04:34
GEORGE WELLS CALLED HOME
Grundy Center, Aug. 4.—Hon. George Wells died at his residence one mile south of Wellsburg, Ia., Thursday evening at 8 o'clock.
Mr. Wells had been failing for some time, so much so that guardians of his property had been appointed by the court. He was one of the oldest settlers in this county, and was 85 years old. He left surviving him three sisters, Mrs. Nelson of Minnesota, Mrs. Briggs of Chicago, Mrs. Robinson of Bristol, Conn., and one brother who resides in Minnesota, and also several nephews and nieces. Mr. Wells served one term in the Iowa legislature.
George Wells was one of Iowa's wealthiest men. He has been a resident of Grundy county for half a century. He came from Connecticut and still owns the old family estate in the "Nutmeg State." At one time he owned 9,000 acres of Grundy soil, and in the early days it could virtually be had for the asking, but of the vast estate of 1,500 acres that he now owns, not an acre is obtainable for less than $150, and it has only been within the last ten years he has consented to part with any of the real estate at that high figure. In addition to his extensive interests at Wellsburg he has vast tracts of valuable lands in Palo Alto and Kossuth counties, and in many banks. There are no children of direct issue and the heirs are either brothers, sisters or more distantly connected.
More Than a Million.
The total value of Mr. Wells' estate is estimated at upward of $1,000,000, and it is expected that his death will precipitate one of the biggest legal fights over an estate that has ever occurred in this part of Iowa. Two wills, with several years intervening, seem to be the basis for the impending contest, and even during his last sickness there were evidences that his relatives would institute proceedings as soon as his death occurred.
It is understood that fifteen years ago a will was made by which his earthly possessions were willed to his wife. She being several years his junior, the natural supposition was that she would survive her husband, but a few years ago the wife died, and within the past year another will was signed by Mr. Wells, at the age of 85. It is declared to be a very interesting document, the property this time being distributed on Mr. Wells' side of the house to his relatives. The contest is expected to originate with relatives of the deceased wife.
--Waterloo Semi Weekly Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 7 August 1906
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