up on the family farm in Iowa, Jake regularly attended farm auctions
with his father. Gaining an interest in the excitement of the live
auction and the exchange of goods and products through the melodic
banter of numbers from the lips of the auctioneer, a life long
dream took root.
by the style of one auctioneer in particular, Jim Schaben, Jake's
desire to one day hold court over a livestock auction took hold.
Fifty years later, Jake returned to the same auction house in Dunlop,
Iowa and orchestrated the sale of cattle for several of the local
farmers, many of whom he went to school with as a boy.
the story so remarkable is the life long struggle Jake has battled
with stuttering. As a boy it was rare to hear Jake speak
privately, let alone in front of a public forum. But, after four