Jane Presser attended school in Moorestown, New Jersey where she experienced blackouts and was involved in rationing. She graduated from New Jersey State Teachers College one semester early and later traveled to Michigan to teach. Jane spent some time after the war teaching English to Japanese boys and lived on an Air Force base. When she returned from Japan, she visited New Jersey again and met her husband. She currently resides at Heron Point.
In the interview, Jane speaks about a blackout occurring during her high school graduation and singing songs to ease the tension. While recounting her time in Japan, Jane recalls getting to know the locals through the Toastmaster’s Club, planting poplar trees, taking the train, and visiting the US consulate. She remembers how friendly the Japanese were to her and her peers during the postwar period under McArthur’s peacetime rules.