Olley The Oliver

Oliver Tractor

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(10 year old son of Vince Mikulanis)

Once upon a time there was a tractor named Olley. Olley was very sad. His owner had worked him so hard on the wrong kind of land that he rolled him over. His wheels were all bent out of shape and his tires were torn so bad that he was set on a rock and left to rust.

One day Elmer was riding by in his truck and saw Olley just sitting there. 'Hmmm. I wonder if I could buy him,' thought Elmer. Elmer was very interested in old tractors like Olley. When he walked up to Olley he whistled in amazement. Olley was an Oliver tractor born in 1934- He had red spoke wheels and a green top. The spokes were very special because they were round. Elmer talked to Olley's owner and the owner said. 'You can have him. I don't want him. He can't do a thing.'

A few days later Elmer and his son, Jasper, came to pick Olley up. Olley smiled at the whirr of the electric winch putting him on the trailer because he knew he would be given a good home. As the trip began Olley heard Elmer and Jasper talking.

'How would you like to have the tractor?' asked Elmer.

'Gee. I would love it! You mean he would be my own?' asked Jasper.

'Of course he would be yours,' replied Elmer.

'Great. I'll name him Olley,' said Jasper.

Olley smiled again because he knew that he would have lots of care.

Every day after school Jasper would go down and play with Olley and scrub him. Every day Olley looked better and better until there was no dirt or grease on him at all. Then every weekend Jasper would bring a hammer down and get his dents all out. Then one weekend, Jasper brought down new tires and paint. He painted him and put new tires on him and made Olley look like a brand new tractor, but something was missing.

One day as Olley was sitting he thought of it. It had been 20 years since he had been started. He sat and sat until one weekend Jasper and Elmer came down and fixed his engine up. On the first time they tried starting it Olley's engine coughed and sputtered and then came alive. Olley was so happy that his engine was finally running for the first time in years.

Every day Jasper came down and rode Olley. Then one day he took him into the woods. On top of a hill they raced so fast that Olley seemed to fly. Every day they go to the same hill and run down it. If you ever see a happy boy riding on a green tractor you know that is Jasper and Olley.