Labor history

Dunkirk Indiana

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Keith and I visited Jay County recently. We came to town for the Tri-State Gas and Engine Show. While there, Gyneth Ausburger, Director of the Jay County Indiana CVB shared some of the glories of the little town of Dunkirk, “Glass Capital of the Indiana”. It was the discovery of natural gas in the 1880’s,  […]

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Staley Museum

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Growing up in Mattoon, Illinois before moving to Pawnee, Decatur and A.E. Staley was always something I knew. Soybeans were just part of life in central Illinois. The growing, the processing and the knowledge that they helped make the world go round were paramount to life in this neck of the woods. Visiting the Staley […]

Hieonymus Mueller Museum

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While visiting Decatur, Illinois last week, one of the stops that Annie Jansen and I made was the amazing Hieronymus Mueller Museum. Anyone will like this museum. It tells the family story and the manufacturing outline of Hieronymus Mueller and his company. The doors are a piece of art welcoming you in. And, if there […]

Sattley Co.

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Sattely Manufacturing Roots run deep here in farm country. Their story begins in Rochester, Illinois at a blacksmith shop. Here they developed a plow. Later they expanded into agricultural implements. This growth eventually led to a huge company headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. In Springfield the Sattley Manufacturing Co. manufactured plows, cultivators, harrows, farm wagons and […]

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Uncovering history in Dyersville, IA

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Judy Weber is the Office Manager of the Dyersville Area Historical Society. Looking through a box, she unearthed a rare piece of Dyersville agricultural history. “We found an 1879 Moline Plow booklet,” Judy explained. The Story Currently the Dyersville Area Historical Society is set up in the Dyer-Botsford Museum House with a doll museum. The […]

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