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OnDaFence 31M/39M
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2/6/2019 8:28 pm

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2/7/2019 8:16 pm

Happy 215th Birthday!



A great big Happy Birthday to John Deere, who was born in Rutland, Vermont, on February 7, 1804, the third of William and Sarah Deere. In 1805, the family moved to Middlebury, Vermont, where William engaged in merchant tailoring. In 1808, he boarded a boat for England, in the hopes of claiming an inheritance and making a more comfortable life for his family. He was never heard from again, and is presumed to have died at sea.



John raised by a on a meager income, his education was probably rudimentary and limited to the common schools of Vermont. At the age of , he apprenticed himself and learned the trade of blacksmithing, which he carried on various places in Vermont.



In 1836, facing depressed business conditions in Vermont and with a family to care for, Deere traveled alone to Grand Detour, Illinois, to make a fresh start. Resourceful and hard working, his skills as a blacksmith were immediately in demand.



The new pioneer farmers struggled to turn heavy, sticky prairie soil with cast iron plows designed for the light, sandy soil of New England. John Deere was convinced that a plow that was highly polished and properly shaped could scour itself as it cut furrows. In 1837, he created such a plow, using a broken saw blade.



By 1841, Deere was producing 0 of the plows annually. In 1843, he entered a partnership with Leonard Andrus to produce more plows to meet increasing demand.


Woman with original steel plow made by John Deere in Grand Detour

By 1848, Deere dissolved his partnership with Andrus and moved the business to Moline, Illinois, which offered advantages of water power, coal and cheaper transportation than to be found in Grand Detour. In 1850, approximately 00 plows were made, and the company was soon producing other tools to complement its steel plow.



In 1858, Deere transferred leadership of the company to his , Charles, who served as its vice president. John Deere retained the title of president of the company, but now turned his attention to civic and political activities.



John Deere was active in public life throughout his career in Moline. Among other roles, he was a founder and president of the National Bank of Moline, was an active member of the First Congregational Church, and served as the city's mayor for two years.



John Deere died on May , 1886, his home in Moline.

OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 8:30 pm

so far the rotten weather is missing us.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 8:30 pm

we may have lucked out again!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 8:31 pm

but it is to turn off bitter cold again


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 8:32 pm

it was just slicker than snot here today.


bychance4709 56M
1412 posts
2/6/2019 8:44 pm

If you get the chance to visit Grand Detour, it is pretty interesting. It's just up the road from Dixon, you could stop and visit Ronald Reagan's boyhood home - a twofer stop. Since you have JD equipment (coincidence???) you & blond JD have probably already been there.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
26917 posts
2/6/2019 9:50 pm

    Quoting bychance4709:
    If you get the chance to visit Grand Detour, it is pretty interesting. It's just up the road from Dixon, you could stop and visit Ronald Reagan's boyhood home - a twofer stop. Since you have JD equipment (coincidence???) you & blond JD have probably already been there.
*** hangs head in shame*** I am afraid we have not been there but probably better go take a look.