Jim Wells – Aerospace Manufacturer
Born in Acton, Indiana, his family moved to the west side of Indianapolis during the depression so they could have a garden. Gardens were an important source of food during those times. His father worked for Shell Oil when they were moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1932, then back to Indianapolis in 1937, and to Evansville in 1938. He graduated from Evansville Central High School and Anderson Aircraft Manufacturing School, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1942. He helped in manufacturing the famous Republic P47 aircraft wings before entering the U.S. Army for three years during WWII. After returning he helped with the building of Republic Aviation F84 E,G, and F model wings. He studied structural steel designing and heating and air conditioning in Chicago, Illinois, but decided aerospace manufacturing was his role in life. Ninety percent of his career was in that field. In 1958 he joined Twigg Aerospace Corporation in Brazil, Indiana and moved with them to Martinsville, Indiana in 1960 where he became manager of materials and purchasing until retiring in 1987. He was married to Janette for 64 happy years before her death. She was a secretary for Potter and Brumfield Corporation, Princeton, and SC REMC in Martinsville, Indiana. When starting their search for a retirement community Jim contacted the Evansville Chamber of Commerce for a list of senior communities in the area. He toured all of them and found Solarbron Pointe to be hands down the best facility in Vanderburg County. He likes the company of the other residents and always mentions the wonderful staff and their attention to his needs.