Wells, Felix L.
Age: 20, credited to Cambridge, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 9/25/63, m/i 1/5/64, Pvt, Co. B, 17th VT INF, m/o 7/14/65
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Birth: 02/14/1843, Canada
Burial: Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 18003148
Alias?: Lafontaine, Felix
Pension?: Yes, 11/7/1879, VT; widow Louise M., 1/7/1916, VT
Portrait?: Stowe Veterans, 1906
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT
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Felix L. Wells
Felix L. Wells died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 30th, shortly after 5 o'clock, at the Fanny Allen Hospital in Winooski. He underwent an operation for a hernia on Nov. 15, and was thought to be doing well. On Sunday he suffered an attack of pleurisy, which, it is thought, weakened his heart. His wife was with him Monday afternoon and when she left him he was apparently comfortable. Shortly after her departure he became worse and died.
Mr. Well was 73 years of age and a native of Canada, but most of his life was spent in Vermont. From 1863 to 1865 he served in the Civil War in Co. B. 13th Vermont volunteers. He came to Stowe in 1867, since when he had conducted a successful blacksmith shop. He was a member of H. H. Smith Post G.A.R., and was well known and respected. Besides his wife he is survived by eight children; Mrs. Ann Munn of Saranac Lake, NY, Mrs. F. C. Dearborn of Lynn, Mass., Mrs. Eliza Finnegan of Burlington, Miss Jennie Wells of Stowe, Mrs. H.H. Strong of Morrisville, Felix O. Wells, John R. Wells, and Edmund C. Wells, all of Stowe.
Mr. Wells would have been 73 years old on Feb. 13th. His birth place was St. Gregory, P.Q.. He enlisted in the Civil War from Cambridge in 1863, and served a year and 10 months in Co. B. 17th Vt. Vols. He was engaged in 15 battles, including the Battle of the Wilderness, and Petersburg. Mr. & Mrs. Wells would have been married 50 years July 15, 1915. and had already begun to make plans for the celebration of their golden wedding anniversary. They have resided in Stowe since 1867 and have won the respect and esteem of all.
Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Robert Devoy, of St. Andrews church in Waterbury at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The family & friends from Stowe were in attendance. The funeral was held at the Wells home in Stowe Friday afternoon. There was a large attendance. Among those present were the children of the deceased, Mrs. A. B. Munn of Saranac Lake NY, Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Dearborn of Lynn, Mass., Mrs. E. Finnegan of Burlington, Mrs. H. H. Strong of Morrisville, and Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Wells, Mr. & Mrs. F. O. Wells, and Miss Jennie Wells of Stowe. Three sons, and three sons-in law were bearers. An excellent sermon was preached by Rev. F. Devoy. Members of H. H. Smith Post, G.A.R. and Woman's Relief Corps attended in a body. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers, including pieces from the Woman's Relief Corps, the Munn brothers of Saranac Lake, and many others friends and family. The casket was draped with a flag, and two small flags wee among the decorations. Interment was in the family lot in the River Bank Cemetery. Taps was sounded on the coronet by Howard Shaw, in behalf of the Grand Army.
Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mrs. Rose Morse and son Lewis, Mrs. Lucy Chapin, Mr. & Mrs. Thaddeus Harvey, and Mrs. Hillman of Waterbury, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Thurston of Waterbury Center, Miss Bessie Mayott, and Mrs. Arthur Wheeler of Morrisville, and Joseph Burnett of North Hyde Park.
Source: Morrisville Messenger, December 8, 1915
Submitted by Deanna French.