Friday Find

I found another unrelated WELLS obituary in my files that I don’t believe connects to my tree.

Oil Field Worker Struck
by Crowbar
Reached the Brain
Heavy Instrument Crushed
Right Temple
Clarence Wells Died in a Motor
Car as It Passed East lola on
Way to Hospital
Clarence Wells, aged about 35, a drilling rig workman
employed on an oil lease near Neosho Falls, died late
yesterday evening in an automobile in which he was being
taken to St. John’s hospital for surgical treatment. As the
motor car passed through East Iola Wells’ life flickered
out. Dr. Hering of Leroy was accompanying the patient in
the hope of reaching the hospital in time to resort to
heroic surgical measures as a final effort to save the man’s
Mr. Wells was struck in the right temple by a crowbar.
The heavy iron had crushed in the skull and penetrated the
The accident occurred according to information received
here while Wells was attempting to crank up a gas engine.
It seems that the machine being out of repair, caused Wells
to attempt to throw in the clutch with the crowbar. When
the engine fired, the bar was kicked back against Mr. Wells,
striking him in the right temple.
Mrs. Wells, accompanied by relatives were expected to
arrive here this afternoon to take charge of the body and
take it back to Leroy where funeral services will be held.
Mr. Wells was a pumper and had been employed in the
field around Neosho Falls and Leroy for some time.

The Iola Daily Register (Iola, Kansas) Wednesday Evening, Mary 8, 1922, page 1 column 1.

Since I transcribed this death notice from newspaper microfilm at the Kansas State Historical Society, I did not obtain an image of the article. However, I was able to find this article and several copies of it on

This Iola Register article was also published in the Chanute Daily Tribune and the Chanute Weekly Tribune.

Chanute Daily Tribune (Chanute, Kansas) 9 March 1922, page 5. available on
Chanute Weekly Tribune (Chanute, KS) 10 March 1922, page 1. available on

An abbreviated version of the article was also published in The Coffeyville Daily Journal and The Fredonia Daily Herald.

The Coffeyville Daily Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas) 10 March 1922, page 4. available on
The Fredonia Daily Herald (Fredonia, Kansas) 10 March 1922, page 1. available on

While trying to figure out whether Clarence Wells was related to my WELLS line, I was only able to find a memorial for him on Find a Grave. I have not been able to locate this Clarence Wells on an Ancestry Tree or on FamilySearch. Nor, have I been able to locate him in the 1920 census in Coffey or any adjoining county in Kansas. Thus, it is a mystery who Clarence’s family is.

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