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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Thomas S. Wells

Aletha Lilburn Randall-Wells was born in Utica, Ia., June 16, 1875.  She is the daughter of Dr. Jason M. Randall and Olive Fegtly.  Her paternal grandmother was a first cousin of John Quincy Adams.  Dr. Randall served throughout the Civil War in Co. E, 62nd Ill. Vol.  In 1870 he moved to Van Buren county, where he practiced medicine for thirty-five years.  Mrs. Wells was graduated from the Birmingham high school, then from Iowa Wesleyan University in the class of 1898, degree B. M.  She joined chapter S, P. E. O., when it was a college sorority.  For three years she was on the staff of "The Wesleyan," the college paper.  She took a post graduate course in school music in Chicago, after which she taught music in the schools of Fairfield for three years.  In Birmingham, on June 25, 1902, she was married to Thomas S. Wells, of Burlington, which city was their home for seven years, --- the past five years they have lived in Waterloo.  They have three children:  Robert Randell Wells, born in 1904;  Thomas Lilburn Wells, born in 1907, and Edward Thayer Wells,born in 1912.  Mrs. Wells is a member of the M. E. Church, of its Aid and Missionary Society of the Waterloo Woman's Club, and of the Ladies' Musical Improvement Club.  She organized the Mizpah Circle of King's Daughters, the first in Waterloo.  The movement has grown until now there are four circles there.  She belongs now to chapter Z, P. E. O., and is active in all of its interests.  She is a bright, talented woman, a devoted mother, who finds her first duty and greatest pleasure in the care and rearing of her three boys.



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