DODGE CITY, Kansas – George and La Donna Brown have spent much of their lives and most of their nearly 57 years of marriage on the farm.
KSN met the couple at 3i Show in Dodge City on Wednesday.
“I’ve farmed all my life, and she’s been farming since I got out of the Navy in 59, and we farmed since then,” said George.
Now, they focus on restoring the tractors they once drove. It is a labor of love.
“We don’t do anything without tearing them clear down,” said La Donna.
“It takes usually a year to do one, a year and a half some of them,” said George.
Their most recent project is restoring a rusted 1929 John Deere Model D.
“This is where the mice had been in the engine,” said La Donna.
Bringing it back to the glory George remembers as a child.
“I drove one, not this particular, but a 29, and I was 9 or 10 when I was running it.”
Each of their restored tractors have a story.
“Sentimental value the ones that we ran, or my dad had one,” said La Donna.
It has been 20 years of learning as they go.
“I learned as we went along. He didn’t tell me if you learn it, you’ve got to do it.”
Restoring their own history as they go.
“When I was a teenager, I wouldn’t have told you, I would have been doing this, but as you get older well it brings back memories,” said George.
And the Browns have no plans to slow down any time soon.
“Not supposed to slow down, keep going, you miss out if you slow down.”