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Amazing and Little-Known John Deere Facts

chris sandler 06/15/2012 @ 11:42am Just a guy who lives in Maine, has friends, has family, and has a good time.

Though many Americans are familiar with the John Deere brand, its iconic green and yellow farm equipment and the jumping deer logo, there are a number of facts that may escape even the most ardent supporters.

As the company is celebrating is in the midst of its 175th anniversary celebration, it may help for fans of John Deere to learn a few things about the iconic brand.

Although many fans of the company may view John Deere as a midwestern business, the founder was not born in this region. He emerged into the world in Rutland, Vermont, on February 7, 1804 and it was not until 1836 that he moved to Grand Detour, Illinois. Already an established blacksmith, he left the Green Mountain State for the midwest in order to escape bankruptcy.

His experience came from a four-year apprenticeship served under Marries Demarius Lamb and he worked in Vermont for several years. It was upon entering bankruptcy that he left his pregnant wife and four children to go to Illinois, where he would establish a home for his family.

Only a year after arriving in Grand Detour, John Deere developed the first commerciallysuccessful self-scouring plow. By 1841, he was making 75 plows a year and within another seven years, he enacted a partnership with several local businessmen.

During the next several decades, John Deere took part in several events that became well-known in the region. In 1854, he served as the chairman of the Rock Island County Whig Party convention, and the same year he helped to organize the Moline Property Protection Society in an effort to protect the assets of local citizens.

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