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By Andrew Christiansen
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Tractor just a symbol of persistent personality of Goldendale teen

 

Andrew Christiansen

NEW LEASE ON LIFE: Will Bowdish sits proudly on his John Deere R, a pristine, green and white tractor that less than a year ago sat in a shed, below, rusted and broken, long past its prime.

According to Will Bowdish, the hardest part of his tractor re-hab project was being patient. Bowdish, who just graduated from Goldendale High School, may not be a patient person, but he is without doubt a persistent one.

For his senior project in FFA, Bowdish decided to tear down and refurbish a vintage tractor that had been sitting in a barn on the Bowdish farm for several years. “This is the first time it has been done in Goldendale since I’ve been here,” says Terry Nickels, Bowdish’s FFA advisor. Will’s dad, Dean served as his mentor on the project.

The tractor is a 1949 John Deere R that was purchased by Dean from Ray Gosney. Its serial number is 1580, indicating it was the...



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