John Deere: Cause And Effect

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Cause and Effect: John Deere
Have you ever wondered how farmers can rip through the dirt without breaking their plows? Well, you can thank me, John Deere, for my genius innovation. I was born on Feb. 7, 1804 in Rutland, VT. I became a blacksmith’s apprentice at the age of 17. I then went on to start my own smithy trade 4 years later. I spent the next 12 years in VT working my blacksmith shop. Due to a rough business environment, in 1837, I headed west and settled in Grand Detour, Illinois at the age of 33.
As a blacksmith, I found myself making the same repairs to plows again and again, and realized that the wood and cast-iron plow used in the eastern United States and Europe—designed for its light, sandy soil—was not capable of breaking through the thick, heavy soils of the prairieland. I was convinced that a plow made of steel, a stronger material, if highly polished and properly shaped, could scour itself as it cut furrows.
Experimenting with new plow designs and pitching the finished product to local farmers, I was able to sell three plows by 1838 and the following year I had made 10 more plows and by 1840 I had made a total of 40. Increasing demand in 1843 led me to team up with Leonard Andrus to
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My company made many modifications to the original design, including a seat for the farmer, and eventually plows with multiple furrows.
My tiny business that I ran out of a small building grew into a huge industry. My business’s harvester industry found a home in east Moline in 1912. My quickly growing business entered the tractor industry in 1918 and produced over 5000 tractors in the first year. My tiny plow business grew into a major agriculture business that now provides farmers all around the world with the equipment they need.
I left this world on May 17, 1886 in my home in Moline,
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