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S. Pitts Wells, Correspondence

Identifier: MS-0021

Scope and Contents

The letters of S. Pitts Wells to Charles R. Green provide descriptions of his life in Lawrence, Kansas; Rapid City, Dakota Territory; Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California; and Dillon, Montana. They also provide details about his family, the births and deaths of his children, his financial difficulties, and his teaching experiences. There are 37 letters arranged in chronological order. There is one notecard on which Green outlines what he wrote in response to a letter from Wells.


  • 1870-1906


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The correspondence is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with the University of Nebraska. These materials are in the public domain. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

S. Pitts Wells worked as a farmer prior to marrying his wife, Lille, in 1872. The couple had three children. The eldest child, Kirk, was born in 1872 and died in 1876. The second child, Marshall, also died young from diphtheria in 1879, while the family lived in Rapid City, Dakota Territory. Their third child, James, was born in 1881. Wells switched from farming to teaching in 1874, when he attended the Normal Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. He began teaching in Rapid City and by 1882, Wells became Superintendent of Pennington County. Three years later, in 1885, Wells was elected to the Dakota Territory Legislative Assembly. After another three years, Wells and his family moved to an orchard in Santa Ana, California. A final move occurred in 1903, when Wells moved to Montana to teach and to attend the State Normal School.


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