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Building a high quality carriage is an art

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Building a high quality body for a carriage “was an art in itself,” and even a good carpenter or cabinet maker would be unable to do it properly.

Strite tractors once had a storied history

Thursday, September 10, 2015

One of the many forgotten pioneers of the fledgling tractor industry was George T. Strite.

Speculators and the wheat market of 1897-98

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Joe Leiter’s story is another example of how speculators control the prices farmers receive for their products, a practice that continues today — just ask Marlin Clark.

Deere & Company weathered Great Depression

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Not too many of we oldtimers are still around who can say that we lived through the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Young life In my own case, it’s not really quite true either, as I showed up on my parent’s doorstep in 1933 and I don’t recall the extremely bad times. The sudden […]

Early U.S. tractor history: The story begins in Iowa in 1892

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A book titled Fordson, Farmall, and Poppin’ Johnny, written in 1987 by Robert C. Williams, tells the history of the tractor beginning with John Froelich’s 1892 contraption, generally credited with being the first gasoline engine powered traction engine, up through the 1980s.

Deere played big role in Chicago World’s Fair

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Deere & Company was heavily involved, with Charles Deere being appointed one of the two fair commissioners from Illinois.

Daimler history includes a famous Steinway

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What do famous musicians Daniel Barenboim, Harry Connick, Jr., Billy Joel, Benjamin Britten, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Vladimir Horowitz, have in common with Gottlieb Daimler, German inventor of one of the first motor cars?

The Lincoln Highway has come a long way

Thursday, June 18, 2015

With town by town descriptions, The Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway, published in 1916, gives background information and other tidbits about the famous route.

How Russia saved Oliver, and vice versa

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A chapter from The Romance of the Reaper.

Of early tractor companies, few survived

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In the early days, tractor companies were abundant, but only a few had what it took to survive.


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