William Wells Bennett

William Wells Bennett

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 31 May 1969 (aged 77)
Burial Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 29768533 · View Source
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Father: William Bennett
Mother: Margaret Bennett
1st wife: Margie
2nd wife: Beulah

Wells, as he was known was introduced to motorcycles at a very early age. In his early years he toured the motorcycle racing circuit, becomeing one of the all time leaders in motorcycle racing. He competed in motorcycle racing for years.

He set many records on motorcycles. He set records four times in the Three Flags Races, between Blaine, Washington and Tijuana, Mexico. He also set records racing from Los Angeles to New York in Transcontinental races.

Wells gave up racing in about 1923 and opened a motorcycle dealership in Portland. He became a friend of Mark Weygandt, the foremost guide on Mt. Hood. Wells took many bike riders through the Hood River Valley and up into the Mt. Hood area.

During the crash of 1929 Wells lost his business and went to California where he worked for a time for Ford Motor Company. Hood River and Mt. Hood were in his blood and he eventually purchased a tract of land from Weygandt and moved up above Parkdale, Oregon. He brought his aged parents and brother west to live on the newly acquired land. Wells brought his wife Margie with him when he moved to his Hood River property, but she did not adapt well to the type of life and returned to California.

In 1950 Wells married his old friend Mark's Weygandt's widow, Beulah. They remained on their mountainside ranch until 1960 when they sold and moved down to the little community of Mt. Hood, where Wells would live out the rest of his life.

In 2000 William Wells Bennett was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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  • Created by: Fred
  • Added: 12 Sep 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29768533
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Wells Bennett (24 Jun 1891–31 May 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29768533, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Fred (contributor 47018561) .