THE WAY WE WERE
Submitted by Ken Wilson
John Deere and Company began as a plow manufacturer and soon relocated from Grand Detour, Illinois to Moline, which sits on the Mississippi River. This gave them access to transport their products by water and by rail. From the days of the first plow up to the early 1900’s, Deere and Company produced equipment such as plows, seed drills, planters, cultivators and wagons etc. Around 1910, they experimented with the building of a tractor, but arrived at the decision to purchase the Waterloo Gasoline Tractor Company which gave them tooling, designs, factory space and immediate product to sell.