Pueblo County, Colorado
EDWARD W. WELLS
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Edward W. Wells is superintendent of the Colorado Free Employment Agency at
Pueblo, in which connection he is doing an important work in bringing together
those who need assistants and those who need positions in the business world.
Cities are fast coming to realize the importance of such work as a preventive of
vagrancy and a factor in the promotion of that industry which makes for
substantial and honorable citizenship and manhood.
Mr. Wells is a native of Pomeroy, Kansas. He was born April 5, 1873, a son
of William and Alice (Cullison) Wells, and the family removed to Pueblo on the
22d of September, 1875. The father was employed as a sawyer in a sawmill here
from that date until 1881. He continued to make his home in Pueblo until his
death, which occurred in October. 1884, and his wife has also passed away.
Edward W. Wells pursued his education in the public schools and the Central
high school of Pueblo and afterward took up the study of stenography, being
employed in that way for a short time. He then turned to mechanical pursuits,
becoming a machinist, after which he engaged in railroad work and later as
fireman and engineer on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for eight years. He
afterward resumed work at the machinist's trade, then became a clerk in Fred
Mullett's cigar store, and subsequently was called to public office, being made
deputy county clerk, a position which he filled for five and a half years. He
afterward spent two years in the city engineer's department. On the 20th of
January, 1917, he was appointed to the position of superintendent of the
Colorado Free Employment Agency for a two years' term and is making an excellent
record in this position. He has closely studied conditions and his work is
proving highly satisfactory. This is a state position, his appointment coming
from Denver. On May 1, 1918, he was also made an examiner of the United States
Free Employment service, which is run on a cooperative plan. The office is a
tangible evidence of the fact that the state is closely studying sociological
and economic conditions and putting forth every effort for individual and public
On the 10th of June, 1893, Mr. Wells was united in marriage to Miss May O.
George, of Pueblo, and they have a son, Frederic C. The parents are members of
the Congregational church and Mr. Wells is identified with the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks, the Junior Order of United American Workmen, the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen and the Order of Railway
Engineers, and is a member of the Southern Colorado Pioneers Association. His
political endorsement is given to the democratic party, which finds in him a
stanch advocate. He stands for all the progressive forces of the community and
is interested in everything that is a matter of civic virtue and civic pride.
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