Remembering Wells from the Early 60s
As Arbutus Administrations Editor for the 1961 Arbutus, I interviewed then President Wells in his office in the fall of 1960 when I was a sophomore.The picture of me with Wells was taken by Jerry Mitchell, IDS and Arbutus photographer for many years in the early '60's. The back of the picture includes Mitchell's name and ED6-6966. Before the interview pictured, I had met Herman Wells several times as a student from Lebanon IN, his hometown, and as an Indiana Daily Student Reporter and Arbutus staff writer, covering the Administration Building. He never failed to be cordial and to remember my name. My story about him appears in the 1961 Arbutus.
Some Wells connections continue for me today: Our Boone County Alumnae Chapter bears his name, and I am a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Lebanon, to which Herman and his mother gave the carillon in memory of his father. In addition, my daughter, Susan Tanselle Ottinger, B.A. 1989, is the principal of the Granville Wells Elementary School which was built on part of the Wells' farm near Jamestown, IN. The school contains a memorabilia section about the Wells family.