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Jewell County Threshing Bee-John Deere


The 1918 Waterloo Boy tractor was the first produced under the ownership of Deere and Company. The Aurand family used the tractor on their Jewell County farm. Deere bought the company after its efforts to develop a tractor of its own fell short. Deere purchases the Waterloo Boy Company in 1918.

Deere was widely credited with inventing the steel plow, a design which revolutionized American farming in the 19th century. The plow solved the problem presented by wooden or cast-iron mold boards and cast or wrought iron plow shares.

Early plows were unsuitable for use on the thick sticky soil of the Midwest. After the plow initially broke the soil, the soil would cling to the plow. This required the farmer to stop every few feet to clean the soil from the plow blade.

Deere was born in 1804 in Rutland, Vermont. His father was lost at sea when Deere was four years of age. He was raised b...

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