Cass County roots run deep. For Kerry Wells, the 200th Charter Member of the Linden Heritage Foundation, his local origin dates back to the 1800s when his great-great grandfather made the trek to the area and settled in on a place he deemed the Ray Mountain in the Concord Community. He instituted a saw mill which aided in the family’s survival on through the Great Depression. Having weathered the storms of the era, Kerry’s great uncle Louie Ray later acquired the Foster Skating Rink which served up happier times for area occupants. Those firmly grounded beginnings produced an impeccable setting for Kerry to flourish:
“Growing up nestled in the Piney Woods was a privilege. I spent most of my time working in or exploring the unique aspects of our area. When I wasn’t in the woods I could be found playing baseball until dark at Crow Heath Park. There were gatherings at the Pickle Shed and you could always find out what was going on after a drive by The Country Store. My mother would regularly send my brother and me up to Allen Brothers to be outfitted head to toe. I would receive two minute alterations with biggest pair of scissors I’d ever seen. Downtown was bustling. Every building had one of the best mom and pop spots anywhere around. We looked forward to the Wildflower Trails where I was determined to champion the Treasure Hunt each year. While this never happened I was the proud winner of the Piggly Wiggly “Let’s Go to the Races” scratch off which made up for it. There were always fascinating stories swirling around town like the time a deer ran through the streets and jumped through several store front windows, “last seen headed North.” I had so many great times growing up in Linden but mostly I remember a community involved together for the greater good.“
Kerry is a proud graduate of Linden Kildare High School and went on to obtain a degree at Texas A&M University. The bit of magic in the soil here brought him back to his roots and today he puts his lifelong experiences to use by enhancing and promoting the local landscape as a real estate professional with Century 21 Platinum Partners. He resides with his wife Erin, also a Charter Member who foster an eagerness for serving the people of Cass County, and their three children; Asher Stone, Alayna Linae, and Breckin Sloan who attend Linden Kildare Elementary and are making their parents proud as next generation Linden Tigers.
Both Kerry and Erin encourage you to join in the noble work being done by the Linden Heritage Foundation to preserve local legacies while creating a thriving home town atmosphere for present and future generations.
3 thoughts on “200th Charter Member is Linden Native Kerry Wells”
What a great story, and how special that Kerry and his wife decided to return to his roots and raise their family there. Hopefully, with the work of the Linden Heritage Foundation and its members, those who are growing up in Linden now will choose to stay or return as well and help to make it flourish.
Great article! Thanks Kerry.
How lovely to see a young family taking such pride in their heritage and roots. What a lovely example to Linden’s “younger” generation.
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