Automobiles, engines, and tractors. The Illinois Quad Cities was an early 20th century tech hub, racing to put the internal combustion engine on roads and farms.
For decades, William Butterworth, John Deere's third president, has been the scapegoat, the person to blame for Deere's “late” entrance into the tractor business. I think it’s time to let him off the hook. Deere's tractor development program began in 1912. The industry at that time was nascent. There were thirty-one manufacturers with industry sales … Continue reading Did William Butterworth Oppose John Deere’s First Tractor?
I’ll admit it. I did not grow up on the farm. But green and red combines are a vibrant memory. I grew up in East Moline, Illinois, in one of the Quad Cities. In the big city I thought, with a population approaching thirty thousand. Yet, the farm was all around us. I remember train … Continue reading A trainload of green and red combines