Friday, April 09, 2010

Married Fifty Years: Mr & Mrs. Frank Wells, Lowell, Massachusetts

Published in The Lowell Sun Monday April 11th 1938, pg. 12.
Fifty years of wedded life was celebrated on Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wells, of 113 School street. In the morning, a solemn high mass was celebrated at St. Rita's church by Rev. Fr. McGrath, with Masters Milton Williams, J. Ganley, Edward Eichstadt and Paul Eichstadt as acolytes. Mr. and Mrs. Wells were attended by thir oldest daughter Mrs. Leandre Bourque, and Mr. Bourque, and by Lorraine Parent and Thelma Wells, as flower girls. More than 175 friends and relatives attended the dinner served at 113 School street in the afternoon. A reception followed, marked by the presentation of a purse and many other gifts to the celebrants. Music was provided by George Vane.

Mr and Mrs. Wells aare widely known locally. They were married in Hinsdale, N. H., and came to Lowell 36 years ago, where Mr. Wells became employed at the Merrimack mills and later at the Saco-Lowell shops as a mechanic. Thirteen children have been born to them, nine of whom are living, as follows: Agnes, now Mrs. Leandre Bourque of North Billerica; Victoria, now Mrs. Raymond Chandonnet of Crystal Lake North Chelmsford; William of Lilley avenue; Helen, now Mrs. Samuel Goulet of Hampshire street; Francis, of 565 Stevens street; Flora, now Mrs. Joseph Silva of 113 School street; Viola, now Mrs. Wilfred Parent of 44 Adams street; Kenneth and Charles, of 113 School street. There are 19 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
William H. Wells' daughter, Thelma, one of the flower girls, was born 18 August 1930 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She married my father's brother, Francis H. Robillard on 4 Sept. 1954 at St. Michael's church in Lowell and passed away on 3 Jan 1983. Please see the label Wells for more information.

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