Herbert Wells Dies in Sleep
Herbert Wells Dies
An obituary for Herbert Alexander Wells (1882-1960), the first African American hired by the Florida East Coast Railway Company (FEC). Born in the Bahamas in 1882, Wells migrated to Key West, Florida, via the Fearless in 1900 and began working for the FEC as a fireman around 1915. He worked for the FEC for 32 years before retiring in 1947. Wells also owned and operated a drug and grocery store that was located at Northwest 2nd Court and 17th Street in Miami. Wells married Mary Ellen Knowles Wells (1892-1948) in 1916 and had one daughter, Berdina Wells (b. 1930). This item was contributed by Cary Marshall Felton, the great grandson of Wells.
Digital reproduction of original newspaper article: The Miami Times, December 31, 1960, page 12: Private Collection of Cary Marshall Felton.
Felton, Cary Marshall
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Originally published by The Miami Times.
Private Collection of Cary Marshall Felton
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"Declaration of Intention for Herbert Alexander Wells." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7423.