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JIM and Alice Duke's HIDEAWAY

Updated May 31, 2004

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James Lesley Duke was born December 19th, 1930 to Hardy Wilson and Daisy Gladys Cummings Duke, which were at that time living in a community called Walnut Grove in Harrisburg, IL, Saline County.
That is in the most Southern part of the State.(RED NECKS BIG TIME)
The family left Illinois and moved back to Missouri when Jim was
somewhere near three years old (1933).That is where the family finally took roots.
Jim married Alice LeClaire in St Charles MO December 1st, 1966 and she already had two children,John and Darrin.
Alice and Jim then were blessed (humm) with the birth of Bonnie Sue, in 1968, then Donald Ray,in January of 1972. Last but not least was Danny Joe, in 1973.
Jim and Alice now reside where they have lived for the past twenty something years which is on Beaugez Road in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
Jim joined the US Air Force at the Age of 17 and spent four years working for Uncle Sam. After his discharge from the Air Force he lived with his father and mother at East Prairie, Missouri and helped out in their grocery store, on South Martin Street.
After that Jim worked in Brighton, Michigan at the Detroit Gasket Factory in Brighton and then on to Flint, Michigan where he worked at the Buick Plant, helping make parts for jet aircraft engines.
He also worked in Evansville, Indiana for the Servel Refrigerator Company and did different jobs. One time he worked on the assembly line putting parts on the new refrigerators,and also worked in the aircraft wing plant, assembling aircraft wings for the F-84 fighter aircraft. Another place Jim worked for Seeger Refrigerator Company in Evansville, Indiana. He and Millard DeWitt lived and worked together for awhile helping assembling the F86 airplane for North American Aircraft and later on they ended up in Wichita, Kansas working for Boeing Aircraft Company on B-47 Bombers. Jim worked in final assembly and also on the flight line. He worked in Engine Run where the engines were started up and run for the first time. He also worked in Pre-Flight and Post-Flight departments,and in Post Flight the Test Pilot Flew the airplane and wrote up what was called squawks and we had to fix what ever the pilot didn't like and had to fix it to his liking.
The winters were very cold on the flight line in Wichita, Kansas, so Jim moved on again, and this time he went to work For Land-Air Inc working Technical Orders for the US Air Force and traveled from base to base modifying aircraft. Jim was A Structural Mechanic maybe adding something or taking something off the airplane. After that, Jim ended up on the farm near Perks,IL where he worked for his father and brother doing farm work.
After that he worked For Mc Donnell Aircraft in St Louis, Missouri working on the Gemini Space Craft and many of the Astronauts would come through the plant and observe how the Space Craft were built.The one Astronaut he saw the most was Gus Grissom, who was later killed in a training accident on the launch pad in the Apollo spacecraft.---------more later


 
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