Murrel Owen Wells

26 February 1894–29 January 1985 (Age 90)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Murrel Owen

When Murrel Owen Wells was born on 26 February 1894, in Missouri, United States, his father, Merit A. Wells, was 37 and his mother, Delcena Bassett, was 29. He married Bessie Leona Curtis on 10 February 1915, in Custer, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 29 January 1985, in Lawton Township, Comanche, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Highland Cemetery, Comanche, Oklahoma, United States.

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Murrel Owen Wells
Bessie Leona Curtis
Marriage: 10 February 1915
Leora Wells

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    Bessie Leona Curtis


10 February 1915
Custer, Oklahoma, United States


    Leora Wells


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World Events (8)

1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 10

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.

Age 13

Oklahoma is the 46th state.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 27

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or a topopgraphical name from this word (in its plural form), for example Wells in Somerset or Wellsnext-the-Sea in Norfolk.2 Translation of French Dupuis or any of its variants.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Merrel Wells in household of Merit A Wells, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Murrel O Wells in household of Merit A Wells, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Murrel O Wells, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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