|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1904|
Box Elder County
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1984|
Box Elder County
Arthur was born on April 23, 1904, in the house that his grandfather, Jonathan Sawyer Wells, built in the center of Willard, Box Elder County, Utah. His parents were George Jason and Magdelena (Lena) Miller Wells. He was the fourth of seven children.
He grew up in Willard and attended schools there. He rode a bicycle to school in Brigham City. He and Clive never played sports in school. Their dad always had plenty of work for them to do after school on the farm. Their kids were taught to work and work hard.
In 1923 there was a flash flood in Willard. Art's parents made it to high ground. Somehow Arthur got separated from his family and found them sometime later Northwest of Willard at a place commonly known as the "Bamburger".
When Arthur was 26 and still living at home, his father died and he was left to take care of his mother.
He and some friends used to date girls that worked at the Perry Cannery. That's how he met Irene Crossley. They were married on August 21, 1933 in Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho. Their marriage was later solominized in the Logan Temple March 3, 1938. After their marriage they moved in with Arthur's widowed mother, where they helped her on the family farm.
In February of 1946 they bought the "Nebeker Place" from Quill and Will Nebeker located North of Willard. They signed a contract for 20 years but it only took them five years to pay it off in full. A few years later they bought the Sophie Nebeker property to add to theirs. After that they bought the George Facer house and farm and added it to their property also.
Arthur was a born farmer. He had pigs, chickens, beef and dairy cattle. He raised hay, peas, potatoes, and corn for silage but most of all he will be remembered for his peach orchards. He liked the "Early Alberta" strains the best. He loved horses. His favorite horse was named Slim. Then there was his team named Blondie and Dagwood. They were something. He kept Blondie until she died in the '60s at the ripe old age of about 32. His last horses were Pinto and Judy.
When he was around 60 years old he was attacked by a Holstein bull. Nina and Jimmy were milking and Arthur had gone to the bull's coral to get a cow out so they could milk her. The bull went crazy and hit Arthur and threw him up over the fence. By some miracle, Nina found him lying on the ground and got help.
The bull was going crazy pawing the ground and snorting something terrible. They took Arthur to the house. Irene said he was turning green. While she was calling George for help Richard Nebeker picked up the phone (they were on a 2-party line) and heard what happened. He was the first one to arrive to help. Arnell was coming home from Brigham when the ambulance passed him. He commented that the ambulance was probably headed to Willard, then it pulled into their yard. When they got Arthur to the hospital Dr. Merrill looked him over and said, "We'll never take him out alive, I've lost another good friend." No one expected him to live. He was in the intensive care unit for weeks. The Willard 1st Ward fasted and prayed for him. Years later, Arthur told Irene that he witnessed angels ascending from heaven to get him. Duke, an old family friend, went to the hospital to see him. The hospital personnel wouldn't let him in. He told them that Arthur was his dad. Irene said he was one of Arthur's most regular visitors. Arthur was released just before Thanksgiving that year. It was the best Thanksgiving ever.
After the incident with the bull, Arthur's hips got to bothering him and he had quite a time riding a horse and finally had to stop all together. He finally had his hips operated on. After that, George and his kids decided to give him their old horse "Joe" in hopes that Arthur could ride him. Joe was a very calm and gentle horse but, unfortunately Arthur was unable to ride him. It broke everyone's heart.
After Arthur retired and turned the farm over to George and Arnell he and Irene bought a small trailer house and went to Yuma, Arizona for the winter. Everyone was glad to see them take the time to go. They hadn't gotten away much in their married life and it was a good thing for them. Plus it gave George and Arnell and opportunity to run the farm the way they wanted it run and not have to be scolded for doing things wrong. Arthur was a perfectionist and things had to be just so.
Arthur had so much fun in Yuma that after that they went every year and it seemed like every year their trailer house got a little bigger and a lot nicer, until finally they ended up with a top of the line model.
One year while they were in Yuma he brought back some Brangus bulls. His neighbors were really surprised and asked why? His only reply, "I'm going to improve the herd," and he did. He was very proud of his farm and his accomplishments.
Grandpa was a tease. He loved it when he could get the best of someone. His grandkids used to fight about who didn't have to sit by him in the car because he was always poking or pinching them, even while he was driving. He would always make them laugh by wrinkling up his nose and top lip and making faces at them or by taking out his teeth and rattling them around.
When he was in Yuma he loved to go down to Mexico and buy things just so he could "jew" the price down. The more he had to "jew" the more fun it was for him.
In June of 1984 he was in his garden doing what he loved to do most- hoeing! He started to have chest pains. He was taken to the doctor. The doctor ran tests and pronounced him healthy. Later at home he experienced more chest pains so they admitted him to the Brigham City Hospital. Where he died on June 8, 1984. He is buried in the Willard Cemetery by his son George who died in 1980.
He was a High Priest in the Willard First Ward at the time of his death.
Written by a granddaughter, Sherry Wells Brown
December 17, 1992
George Jason Wells (1851 - 1930)
Magdelena Miller Wells (1875 - 1944)
Irene Crossley Wells (1907 - 2001)*
George Jason Wells (1934 - 1980)*
Eva Mae Wells Adams (1939 - 2009)*
George Edgar Wells (1896 - 1898)*
Arthur Jason Wells (1904 - 1984)
Oris Ree Wells (1908 - 1909)*
Willard Precinct Cemetery
Box Elder County
Created by: Sherry Brown
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99651561
Added: Oct. 28, 2012