On February 4, 1887 former Buffalo mayor Chandler Wells died after an illness and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Wells built several grain elevators in Buffalo, including the “Wells Elevator,” later known as the “Wheeler Elevator”; he built the Coburn Elevator, which was destroyed by fire in 1863. On September 11, 1860, he purchased additional property where he immediately erected the “C. J. Wells Elevator.” In 1865 he was selected as the Republican candidate for mayor and won the election, serving one term.