Mr. Wells was born in Sonora on the 13th of August, 1857. He commenced the study of the photographer’s art at Sonora, and finished at San Francisco, under the direc­tion of J. H. Peters.  His Photograph Gallery is now located at the southeast corner of Washington and Dodge streets. The photographic business was first commenced here by Bachelder Bros., then passing into the hands of Wm. H Rulofson, and later of Daniel Sewell, after which it was purchased by Mr. Wells, who is now the only pho­tographer of the county. Mr. Wells married Maggie J. Harrington on June 27, 1881. Mr. Wells has signalized himself by a close devotion to his art that has resulted in the production of extremely good work. No pains are, in his estimation, too great to insure first-class pictures, and specimens of his work will compare favorably with the best done in San Francisco.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 374.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton