Westcott’s name was announced as the citizen of the year at the annual Holiday Season musical concert at Monticello High School on December 21.
It was Westcott and Steve Young who recognized the value of a restored Big Four tractor and began the multi-year process of restoring the tractor to working order.
Hours of volunteer service, innovative problem solving, and back-breaking labor were rewarded on Pioneer Day in July when the Big Four, moving under its own power, led the way in the annual Pioneer Day parade.
Wescott, a retired educator who has been a lover of antique tractors for his entire life, is helping lead the charge to develop a display for the Big Four.
The City of Monticello said, “Winn Westcott was chosen to be the 2009 citizen of the year for his generous contribution of money and time to the restoration of the Big Four Tractor. This project began four or five years ago when the value of the tractor was researched and found to be priceless in its restored state.
“Winn has been very instrumental in gathering support for the project. He tore the machine down and rebuild it piece by piece. When pieces could not be found he made them by hand. Phone calls were made, research completed and thousands of hours were donated to rebuild the tractor for the community to display and enjoy.
“Outsiders have watched the progress of the Big Four restoration with great anticipation, as it is one of only four of its kind left in running condition in the entire world!
“Thank you, Winn, for this wonderful gift and your example of citizenship in our beautiful community!”