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Wells, Clarence William

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Wells, Clarence William
March 15, 2007 09:12PM
"A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY,
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone, Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, p. 481.
Used by permission. (Daviess)

JUDGE CLARENCE WILLIAM WELLS: This outstanding layman and Christian
lawyer was born near Utica, Daviess County, Kentucky, on June 22,
1864, and was the son of James W. and Susan Yeiser Wells. He
received his early education in the public schools, and in the year
1887, received the A.B. Degree from Georgetown College. He later
studied law at the University of Michigan, and in the year 1892 began
the practice of his chosen profession, after having been admitted to
the bar the previous year.
Besides practicing his profession throughout the years of his
life, he also served as the City Clerk of Owensboro in 1900; as
United States Commissioner in 1916-1917; and as County Judge of
Daviess County in 1918-1921.
In the year 1901 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Small
of Owensboro, Kentucky. One son, C. W. Wells Jr., also a lawyer, and
one daughter, Elizabeth, blessed this union. The widow and two
children still survive him.
Early in life, Judge Wells became a member of the First Baptist
Church of Owensboro, Kentucky, and held membership in the Church
until his death, which occurred on October 6, 1936, at the age of
seventy-two. In that time he served the Church as deacon, Sunday
School Superintendent, Moderator, and Superintendent of a mission
Sunday School. His religious activities were not confined to his
Church altogether, for we find him serving the Association as
Assistant Clerk in 1898-1905 and 1907 and as Clerk in 1906 and 1908.
He was elected as Moderator of the Association in 1913 and again in
1914. For some time he served as Chairman of the Executive Mission
Board of the Association.
As a Christian and as a public servant, C. W. Wells was looked
upon with high regard by all who knew him. In character and service
he was unimpeachable. He is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery,
Owensboro, Kentucky.

Wells Yeiser Small
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Georgetown-Scott MI

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