| May/June 1969

Dayton Daily News & Radio's 'Joe's Journal'

That old-time American custom of grabbing your spouse, staking your claim and making good in the world in the tender years of youth hasn't altogether vanished from the land.

For Spark Plug Joe King of 1121 Central Ave., Greenville, Ohio, the Horatio Alger version of yankee enterprise severing family ties and getting out on your own early in life is the true pay off in both marital bliss and success in whatever one lays a hand to.

Learning to do those boyhood chores on the farm without grumbling-rising at the crowing of the cock and the crack o' dawn to lug in the kitchen kindling, milk the family cows and put a youthful hand to the plow to turn a straight furrow-these are the priceless lessons that still pay off in an otherwise mad, mad, riot-torn world.

'I was married when I was sixteen,' says, Spark Plug, Joe King, defying any modern court of marital relations to say it hasn't worked. 'Back on Dad's farm we milked sixty-five cows every day, did custom baling and combining, repaired all our own equipment, and did all our own welding. '

'When I got married, I cut all family ties, started out on my own, been working at two jobs every day since and at thirty-four I feel I've earned the right to begin slowing down, taking things a little easier and enjoying life,' sums up Joe at an age when many young family men are still looking forward to a day when they can begin making payments on a home of their own or depositing their first hundred dollars in the banks.