Scott Jackson grew up a country boy and as far as he’s concerned, he still is. He remains
connected to most of the 84 people he graduated high school with in a small community in the country. “We’ve all stuck together through the years,” he said.
Among his favorite childhood memories is the Ghost in the Graveyard game he and three of his best friends played after dark. He also enjoyed playing football in high school and did regular country-boy stuff when he wasn’t busy with school and farm work. He played the clarinet in high school band.
Scott was close to his mother growing up and into adulthood. She loved to roller skate and took Scott to a roller rink nearly every weekend. He can still hear her teasing him with, “If it was a snake it would have bit you!”
One thing he does not miss from his childhood is working on a dairy farm. “We milked a lot of cows,” he said. He split wood and did other farm chores for a close family friend and even as a lifelong country boy he has no interest in farming.
Scott grew up around big trucks and loved them. In high school he dreamed of graduating, getting out on his own and driving a big truck. He enjoys his work with HIT Trucking, Inc. and says he likes the new electronic logbook. “The only people who don’t like it are probably the ones cheating logbooks to begin with. The outlaw days are behind us.”
CB Handle: Tumbleweed
Favorite things about driving: “The prestige of it. I like driving, not being stuck in one place. I can’t stand to sit still. I’ve got rambling fever.”
Mark Hershley grew up in Camden Point Missouri and spent much of his childhood on tractors and fire trucks, or pumping gas at his grandparent’s gas station. Not much has changed in that small town since Mark’s departure 25-or so years ago.
The gas pumps are gone but the old station remains, filled with sentimental remnants of years gone by. He spends occasional weekends patching its roof or nailing up loose gutters and his mom uses the station during winter storms, parking her car where Mark spent his teenage years changing flat tires and checking oil for customers.
Camden Point hasn’t gotten much bigger since Mark left and most folks there recognize him when he rolls into town to fix the gutters or tend to various chores at his mom’s home – just down the hill from the old station. Mark grew up on what used to be called Baber Hill, his grandparent’s house and station at the top, his family home at the crest, fewer than 50 yards away.
Mark considers his childhood idyllic and he looks back fondly on memories of sitting with his grandfather and neighbors as they told stories and laughed, played cards, hauled hay, slaughtered hogs, and his all-time favorite way to spend any day, then and now, driving a tractor across many acres of crops. His wife often teases him about growing up in Mayberry and it would come as no surprise to find at least one woman in Camden Point named Aunt Bee. There was also a police officer at one time that might well have been named Barney, and who may or may not have given his wife at least one questionable speeding ticket in 1992, an event that still elicits some hostility in the Hershley home. From the wife, that is. Mark remains mute on the subject.
Among his fondest memories are the twelve years he worked as a volunteer firefighter.
He was promoted to captain shortly before his marriage and was pegged to be the next Chief of the Camden Point Fire Department until his personal version of Yoko Ono crushed that dream and lured him across the state line.
Mark’s childhood dreams included driving big trucks and tractors. He has done just that for nearly 24 years at HIT Inc. During that time, he’s raised four children and is blessed with eleven grandchildren.
CB Handle: Fireman
Hobbies:Fishing, camping, golf
Favorite things about driving:Looking at the countryside and farmland
Favorite Truck Stop: “I don’t like stopping. Too crowded. Too many people. I avoid them at all cost. I sometimes stop on exit ramps in places where there’s no houses or traffic. I eat my lunch and check my tires. Lay my head down for a minute.”
Favorite thing about HIT Inc. :“Small company. Friendly environment. They care about the drivers.”
Favorite Radio Station: Ky102
Best Advice:“Go with your dream. Do what makes you happy.”
Favorite Song(s):Foreplay Long Time, Peace of Mind
Will Applegate has been a driver at HIT since June of this year, and we would like to thank him for his service in the US Military. At the age of 17, Will joined the Army. The time was early 1970’s during the Vietnam era. He served for 3 active years in the 1st infantry division as a foot soldier; a “ground pounder” as he says they were called. Will was stationed at Fort Riley KS, after his basic training in California. After active service, he was in the reserves for 6 years.
Will says, “Basically as a foot soldier, we did arms training. I was in the Recon platoon – which is a scout platoon. You would gather information in order to locate enemy positions, and then radio back for artillery, intelligence, or bomb purposes.”
“It’s hard to say what the most important lessons were from the army, but one was discipline. When you start something, you get it done. Make sure when you are sent to do something, you do it.” He explained that every man in the squad is responsible to see that the individuals on their squad are taken care of. Soldiers are so close because you depend on each other to keep alive. No man left behind – never leave a soldier down.
Will’s dad was a truck driver, which is how he got into the business. Will went to work driving right after active service, and learned from his dad. He was driving all over the country; he liked seeing the sights and experiencing the road. He liked the independence of it – no one looking over your shoulder. He enjoys local driving now, because it allows him to be home with his wife and granddaughter every evening, not having to miss stuff the way he did when he was out on the road.
New HIT owners, Rob and Michelle Patterson, are happy to be back home in the Midwest. “Even though we are both from Kansas, we haven’t lived here for many years,” Michelle said.
Rob, from Marysville, Kansas, worked for the Railroad for twenty years managing trucks in Denver, Colorado. During Rob’s Railroad career, the Pattersons were stationed in Texas, Colorado, and most recently, Nebraska. Rob says he is enjoying getting to know everyone and, “Looking forward to both growth and operational stability for the company.”
Michelle has traveled extensively as a licensed social worker. Before moving to Kansas she worked at a domestic violence agency in Omaha. She has also worked on behalf of foster kids and other special needs populations, and in Romania as a Peace Corps volunteer. She shares part of her Peace Corps experience here.
Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Michelle graduated Kansas University. Rob graduated K-State and there is a friendly competition in their home, “Rob is a die-hard K-State fan. I went to KU so we have the “house divided” thing, but it works fine because I grew up with family that went to K-State. I root for Royals and Chiefs, and I root for K-State as long as they aren’t playing KU!”
The Pattersons have two sons, nine and fourteen years-old. The boys enjoy frog-catching and Nerf guns, video games, Legos and all the usual kid stuff.