Since classes weren’t his thing, Jack got out of them as often as possible, by being involved in activities such as FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4H and these were his favorite hours in school. Dick Coffman, Russell Israil, Bud Coffman, and Jim Land were his best friends. They rode their horses and “ran around the country” in cars, thinking up things to do. He remembers that Halloween’s were fun, and they did things like dumping trash on Main Street and getting caught. They once put a wagon on top of a building on Main Street, though, and didn’t get caught. As most juveniles, they would also have fun with pranks like stealing watermelons. He remained friends with all of them all through life.
Jack went to school in town for his secondary education and graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1941 in a class of 31 students. They had a party and a Dance, but “we friends” didn’t go to it, because they had their own “unmentionable” agenda, but it was good clean fun.
His first job for pay was hauling water to the thrashing crew for 25 cents a day. It was more fun than a job. Jack didn’t go to college.