Wells  is  a  friendly  community  about  ten  miles  east  of  Minneapolis.  The first building in Wells was built on the northeast corner  of  First  and  Main  Street  by  Susan  B.  Buell  in  1887.  Amos  Heald ran  a  store  that  sold about  all  the needs  of  the  farmers  and  ranchers. A  post  office  was  in  the  northeast  corner  of  the  store.  It was  a  two story  building,  with  the  stairway  to  the  second  floor  on  the  outside of  the  building.  It  was  there  that  dances,  socials,  box  suppers,  pie suppers,  church  services  and, at  first,  the  Woodman  and  Royal  Neighbors Lodges  met  there.  Later  it  was  divided  into  rooms  and  the  storekeeper and family lived there.

The  second  building  was  built  south  of  the  store  for  a drug  store by a man named Boyd.  It was never used for that,  but became the residence for  the  section foreman,  Mr.  Brown.  Mr.  Sassard was  the  second  foreman. After  he  moved  away,  the  post  office  moved  into  the  building,  around 1900,  and Isaac Piper was the Postmaster.  His daughter,  Mrs. Ida Collister and two sons lived in the back and she served as assistant Postmaster.

Around  1890  A.J.  Kirkby bought all the lots between First and Second Streets facing Wells Street on the west. He built a house, barn, blacksmith shop and a mill.  He,  his wife,  Lizzie, and two small children lived there. The mill was powered by  a huge windmill and farmers and ranchers brought their grain  here  to  be ground  for feed for their livestock.  The Kirkby's third child,  Jesse L. Kirkby, was the first child born in Wells, on January 15, 1892. Other residences soon followed.

After  Mr.  Heald,  the  Gage  Brothers,  Reed  and  Dana,  ran  the  store with  some help from a younger brother,  Clarence.  They soon sold and moved to  Minneapolis  to  run  a  dry  goods  store  there.  S.T.  Dyer  and  his  three sons  bought  it  from  the  Gage  Brothers  in  the  early  1890's.    The  sons soon left to work for themselves.  Mr.  Dyer was a widower and when a young widow,  Mrs.  Mary  Perry,  came  to  live  with her  daughter  and  son-in-law, Mr.  and  Mrs.  Brown,  the  section  foreman,  Mr.  Dyer  became  interested  in the  young  woman.  They  were  married  after  church  in  February  1896,  in the  hall  over the store.  She was his partner in the store from this time on.

In  the late 1890's  they built a house just north of the store.  They took  over  the hotel business as  long as it was needed.  In 1904,  Mr.  Dyer sold  the  store  to Will  Crow and  they put  in partitions  in  the upstairs and lived there.

In September,  1903,  Mr.  Piper resigned as Postmaster and his daughter. Mrs.  Collister,  and  he moved  to  Minneapolis.  Fred Comfort was  appointed Postmaster.  In  1904,  a  rural  mail  route was organized to the south, east-and  north  of  Wells.  Jonathan  Todd  became  the  mail  carrier.  He moved a building  from his farm,  and added on to it to make a home.  It was located on  the  northwest  corner  of  Second  and  Jefferson  Streets.  His  son,  Fred became  his  assistant.  when  Fred  married,  they  moved  a  small  two  room house  across  the  street  east  and  lived  there.  when  his  father  resigned as  mail  carrier  about  1910,  Fred became  the  regular  carrier  and  carried the mail for many years, until he retired because of age.

The  Wells  community  was  made  up  of  several  school  districts.  The one  to  the  southeast,  was  #52,  Eureka. Wells was in the northwest corner of  this  district.  The  district  to  the  southwest  was  #96,  Gibson,  but was  later  changed  to Schur.  To  the northwest was  #43   At  first,  it was called  Comfort  because  the  four  Comfort  brothers  homesteaded  there but  was  changed  to Pleasant Valley.  To  the northeast was  Fairview,  #61 The winter 1909-10, most people were living in Wells, and they were wanting a school  house  in  town.  A  new  district  was  formed. About   one   half of Eureka,  came  to Wells.  The other half was  added  to  Rockhill,  a district


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