The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Mitch Worley, Quill Reporter


Meet Your Neighbor, John Dowell, born April 8th, 1988 to Steve and Wendy Dowell at Memorial Hospital, Carthage.

John is a graduate of the Class of 2006 at La Harpe High School where he was involved in football-two years, FFA-five years, and a member of the La Harpe Four-Leaf Clover 4-H Club-six years.

One of his favorite things to do is hunt. He's been an avid outdoorsman since he was very young, a pastime his father passed along to him.

"The best thing about being out in the timber hunting or out on a lake fishing is being away from everything. I like it when its quiet and I can think."

Aside from hunting and fishing, John likes watching drag racing, attending rodeos to watch professional bull riders try to tame the massive beasts, and also is a diehard Chicago Bears fan.

Currently, John is in an apprenticeship for the IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers) Local #649 out of Peoria and is looking to become a junior operator, then a journeyman operator within the next eight years.

In the future, he hopes to be a crane operator on crawler cranes and continue his work on construction sites throughout the Midwest.