1. Emmitt James Wells was born April 26, 1872 in West Plains, Missouri. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War, a three month war in the summer of 1898. He was first married to Mary J. Lawing in September, 1891 in West Plains. About 1895 he married Jessie or Josie ? ; and in 1907 he married Anna Maude Yakley.