Five generation nursery in Lindale still going strong
POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:22pm
Lindale Tx, (KETK) — If you're from the Lindale area, Bob Wells Nursery might ring a bell. But, if you didn't know already, the history behind the nursery goes back five generations.
Bob wells' relative, William Wells Sr., fought in the Alamo.
"My great grandfather's grandfather actually died in the Alamo fighting for Texas independence in 1836," said Wells.
The widow's of the men who died at the Alamo received a land grant from the state of Texas after they won it's independence from Mexico.
"Most of the land grants were in central and west Texas somehow William Jr. traded his Mom's land grant for one here in East Texas. He discovered it was a whole lot prettier here than it was back west," said Wells.
William Jr. bought a couple acres of land 175 years ago and opened a nursery.
"I know that he had a huge interest in plants and orchards and down through the years we've had orchards and berries and plums and peaches and it's followed right through the generational."
Bob especially has fond memories spending time with his great grandfather.
He liked to fish and even when he was almost blind he would still mow his lawn with a reel that took a lot of effort I couldn't push it as a young man."
He said growing up on the nursery has shaped him into the person he is today.
"It's been about hard work, learning that work ethic you know, which is really important to be raised that way."
Bob has been the owner for almost 20 years still selling and growing almost everything William started 175 years ago.
The 59-year-old has a son that currently lives and works in China.
So, he said the future of the nursery is in God's hands.