The author pays particular attention to the personalities behind the innovation: From Charles Deere
to William Butterworth, Joseph Dain Sr.
Marion Deere; stepmother, Pauline Deere; and two brothers, Walter Lee McCowan-Deere and Dean Charles Deere
The John Deere tractor is a foundation of American history and THE JOHN DEERE STORY: A BIOGRAPHY OF PLOWMAKERS JOHN & CHARLES DEERE
is an essential key to understanding its evolution and importance.
In 1853, Charles Deere graduated from the prestigious Bell's Commercial School in Chicago.
In order to avoid personal as well as corporate bankruptcy, on July 1, 1857, John Deere's plow company was reorganized into partnership with four partners: John Deere, Charles Deere, Luke Hemenway and David H.
In Moline, he met Charles Deere
, then head of the family-owned company.
plowmaker in 1865, and started building a plow that they called the "Moline plow."This caused a serious trademark dispute with Charles Deere
, as Deere had long called its plow the "Moline plow."Candee and Swan eventually won the resulting lawsuit and Moline Plow Co.
Who knows how much lobbying went on behind the scenes in Washington, but both Charles Deere
Wiman (who resigned as Deere & Co.
Three years later, Velie joined the Deere family business, still a small local firm, and worked closely with his brother-in-law, Charles Deere
, for the next 32 years.
Butterworth, president of the Deere Plow Works since the death of Charles Deere
. They took me all through the factory, and I saw the plows go from the raw material to the finished goods.
John Deere's first planter design (a horse-drawn 2-row planter) dates to 1877 when Charles Deere
(John Deere's son) joined forces with Alvah Mansur to establish Deere & Mansur Co., a manufacturer of corn planters.
In 1942, Charles Deere
Wiman, president of Deere & Company, entered the Army as a colonel and was assigned to the staff of Gen.