History of John Deere Company

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1837 John Deere fashions a polished-steel plow in his Grand Detour, Illinois, blacksmith shop that lets pioneer farmers cut clean furrows through sticky Midwest prairie soil.
1838 John Deere, blacksmith, evolves into John Deere, manufacturer. Later he remembers building 10 plows in 1839, 75 in 1841, and 100 in 1842.
1842 John Deere adds retailing to his business, filling orders for the Patent Cary Plow.
1843 Deere and Leonard Andrus become "co-partners in the art and trade of blacksmithing, plow-making and all things thereto…"
1848 The growing plow business moves to Moline, Illinois, 75 miles southwest of Grand Detour. Moline offers water power and transportation advantages. Deere chooses a new partner, Robert N. Tate, who moves to Moline
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Walking plows account for more unit sales (224,062) than the other four combined.
1886 John Deere dies in Moline at 82.
1888 Steam tractors appear on American farms during the 1880s. Deere makes gang plows that tractors can pull, but not the tractors.
1889 The company's five key branches are in place at Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Council Bluffs/Omaha, and San Francisco.
1890 Deere's board recommends selling the company. A British syndicate and other suitors appear, but deals fall through, and the company remains independent.
1892 Charles Deere's daughter Katherine marries William Butterworth, who will succeed Charles as the company's CEO. Charles' daughter Anna marries William D. Wiman. Their son, Charles Deere Wiman, will succeed Butterworth.
1894 A bicycle craze grips the country. Branch catalogs push the Deere Leader, the Deere Roadster, and the Moline Special. The fad fizzles in a few years. (In the 1970s, the company returns briefly to the bicycle business.)
1895 The Furrow debuts. It grows into one of the world's preeminent farmer's magazines.
1900 In the 1899-1900 fiscal year, aggregate business exceeds $2 million for the first time.

1903 George Mixter, plow-factory superintendent, persuades the company to install extensive environmental controls in the grinding room.
1904 The St. Louis branch territory is split. The Dallas office becomes a full-fledged branch.
1907 Charles Deere dies. William Butterworth, his

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