Chapter Three

My Teenage Years and early Twenties


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.

First Job

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.

Early Relationships

He remained farming with his dad, got married at age 21 and raised his children within earshot of the farm he grew up on. He met his wife, Velna Louise Wymore, at a Burlingame dance. She caught his eye and even though he was with another girl, Jack made a date with Velna for the next night. They dated for four years. He knew that his folks and everyone loved her; she was beautiful, down to earth, very sensible and most of all he said, “She was mine”. After they married, Jack and Velna bought and moved into a farmhouse across the road just south of the Roy and Lenora.

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