Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wells Sisters in Japan

In 1960 Professor Orlo Derby wrote a piece for the Alumni News about an experience he had while teaching for a year in Tokyo. Before going he had been given contact information for two Brockport graduates who were long time residents in Japan, and after his arrival, he went to visit them. His story of meeting Florence Wells 1904, and her sister, Lillian Wells 1893, is fascinating. Think of the two sisters having gone to Japan as missionaries and teachers around the beginning of the 20th century, and then living on there for over 50 years, including throughout WWII, what a remarkable story! You can find a link to a copy of the article here.