As many of you know, Charlott Wells Jones passed recently. I actually only met her in person once, but for 10 years we've all had a daily conversation with her though this website. She reliably commented on photos shortly after they appeared at 7:00:00. I knew I didn't have to work too hard at my descriptions of any image from Pine Grove and environs because she would reliably fill in the genealogy and then add a great story based on her personal memories. We'll miss you Charlott, but we're thankful for all the history and memories you've shared with us.
Charlott was always a big advocate of labeling your images. I believe the inscription on the reverse of this image is in her hand. It says, "Perry Edward Wells with his grandchildren. Bernard Eugene Wells (in green chirt), Charlott Wells, Robert Wayne Wickman, Forrest Milton Wells (blue shirt). 1955 Christmas."
You can read about Charlott's life here.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
I never had the pleasure to meet Charlott, but because of Historic Hood River, I feel like I know her well.
Through her eyes and memories, she gave me a picturesque view of Hood River and the surrounding areas. From the rapids of Celilo, to the families and orchards of Pine Grove, to the snow covered Inn at Cloud Cap, her knowledge was extensive.
I loved her chitter chatter with past school mates of both her and her husband and the school rivalry between Hood River and Wy'East.
I loved her staunch defense of who she believed were the rightful Native Americans in charge of Celilo and I always chuckled at her staunch opinion of Sam Hill.
You left your mark on many of us Charlott.
L.E. on 25th May 2021 @ 8:23am
Thank you for this Arthur. Charlott is already missed so much. She was such an important contributor to this site. Hopefully some of her family will be able to provide information once in a while.
Marilyn on 25th May 2021 @ 8:24am
I knew Charlotte when she and her daughter Jenna moved back to the valley. She worked for us at Mid Valley Market for a time. Her knowledge of local history was huge. She will be missed by many people.
Alley on 25th May 2021 @ 11:14am
I knew Charlotte when she and her daughter Jenna moved back to the valley. She worked for us at Mid Valley Market for a time. We had an employee named JB at that time. His father was a Methodist minister in Sherwood and Charlotte knew JB from there. So, JB and Charlotte always talked about Sherwood and his parents.
Charlotte's knowledge of local history was huge. She will be missed by many people.
Alley on 25th May 2021 @ 11:20am
Although I may have only seen Charlott in person at a couple of Wells family reunions, we considered ourselves to be kinfolks, since my Grandma Susie married her uncle Walter Wells. Although I was young, I remember her grandfather, Perry Wells, and her mother, Wanda Wells, better than I remember Charlott.
Charlott and I shared common family history and Hood River Valley interests, and exchanged information with each other on Facebook and Findagrave.com. She even shared recipes with me that she got from my Grandma Susie. She will be missed.
Jeffrey W Bryant on 25th May 2021 @ 5:12pm
Arthur, thank you for posting an homage to Charlott. Her passing is still sinking in; I hope you will be able to recall some of Charlott's history knowledge in future postings.
Susan Baldwin on 25th May 2021 @ 5:22pm
I met Charlott through email back in 2008. I was working on my family and had questions about the Hatch family. Charlott answered my post on Ancestry.com and was very helpful in filling in some blanks for me and making corrections where I was wrong. She will be missed by all of us.
Dave on 25th May 2021 @ 5:48pm
Charlottes passing is a hugh loss for the people of the valley. She brought so much insight to a wide range of historical event and she'll be greatly missed.
Greg Oates on 26th May 2021 @ 10:13am
Charlott will be missed. She has left a permanent legacy not only here, but in her Find A Grave posts and her biography information of each memorial she posted or added information to. Many family members, in the future, when they are looking for information, will see Charlott's information and will be thankful for the information she has left for all to enjoy.
Ralph Allen Brown on 28th May 2021 @ 3:17pm
Thank you everyone for your kind words about my Mom.
Jenna on 30th May 2021 @ 3:51pm
I always was amazed by the fount of knowledge that Charlott had for the history of not only the Hood River Valley but also the surrounding areas. She had a "Sense of Place" bar none! She will be missed and my sympathies to her family and friends. Her contributions to this site will live on.
Kevin Widener on 31st May 2021 @ 10:12pm
Just now seeing this - I am so sorry to lose her. She made this resource so much more valuable. I, too, looked forward to her contributions. She's helped this relative newcomer to be a little less ignorant of his surroundings.
Kyle on 2nd June 2021 @ 11:49am