Couple Transforms Abandoned Truck

September 21, 2018 05:44 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Saturday marks the first day of autumn, and one Stewartville couple is gearing up for the season.

"We used to be known as the house on Highway 30: the big brown house and the wrap around porch," said Jill Haggerty. "Now it's, 'oh, you're the house with the really cool truck.' ”


Three years ago, Jill and her husband Joe, who works at a truck dealership in Stewartville, found an abandoned 1950s truck.

"A gentleman that worked for me actually had this sitting in his grove at this place that he lives," Joe Haggerty said. "We reached a deal, and I pulled it out of the grove with a tractor and brought it home. It probably had about a quarter of an inch of moss on it."

When Jill saw it, she thought she could use the truck to turn over a new leaf.

So they combined their passions and turned the abandoned truck into a work of art.

"I'm obviously a gear-head and into cars and trucks and anything mechanical, and she's into decorating and flowers, so it is a good combination," said Joe.

The first year, they cleaned up the truck and Jill started decorating it with flowers.

"Little by little, we are adding the perennials that'll come back year after year. It is a work in progress," said Jill.

This year, there is an explosion of fall flowers and colors.

"Fall is my favorite time of the year," she said. "That is when we bring in the straw bales, we bring in our mums, we grow pumpkins and gourds out here so we bring those in and decorate."

She says this truck has become a photo opportunity, especially for high school senior pictures.

"It is nice to see that people do notice it," said Jill.

She hopes to continue decorating the truck with the changing seasons, year after year.

"Now that it's here, it is going to be here forever," Jill said. "It will not move as long as I'm here."


Talia Milavetz

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