Indiana University Bloomington

Within 24 hours I was on my way

Joe R. Harrell

In 1955 I was in the Air Force stationed in Tokyo, Japan, when I was notified by my father that my mother was critically ill at the age of 45. I had one aunt, Lorene Shields, who was a cook for Dr. Wells and another aunt, Lois Hayes, who was a maid for Dr. Wells. My father was very concerned that I would not be able to get home before my mother passed away. He asked my Aunt Lorene to ask Dr. Wells to help. Within 24 hours I was on my way back home to Indiana. I later expressed my appreciation to Dr. Wells in a letter. He wrote a letter in return stating that he was glad to do it and it made him feel as good as it did me.

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 24, 2000

Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.