John Deere

Velie Plantation History lives on in Moline Illinois.

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What is more fascinating than history? Then what is more important than preserving that history? Thankfully the Quad City Bank & Trust optioned to refurbish the Velie Plantation former home of Willard and Annie Velie when they were looking to build. Willard Lamb Velie Willard Lamb Velie the grandson of John Deere was a force […]

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Froelich Iowa

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What is a better follow up to the 100 years of  John Deere tractors than a visit to Froelich, Iowa where it all began?  Keith and I headed to the small Village of Froelich. Our first sight was the bronze plaque dedicated to John Froelich,  who designed the first gasoline powered traction engine to move […]

100 year celebration

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June 15-16, 2018, was time for a big celebration in Waterloo Iowa.  Keith and I were in town to see John Deere celebrate 100 years of tractor production.  Being John Deere collectors ourselves, we were excited to participate in the activities that took place at both the Waterloo Convention Center and Public Market Courtyard and […]

The beautiful Velie Monocoupe, a Moline legacy

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If you like stories about planes and automobiles, you will like this one!  Rex Cherrington, a historian from the Galesburg area had a picture of the Velie Monocoupe on Facebook and I had to know more.  Rex said that this plane made by a company with agricultural roots was on display at the Quad Cities […]

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Grand Detour celebrated anniversary with new sculpture

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Okay, so it happened in 2014 and I am just now finding out about it. When taking a side trip from this year’s Gathering of the Green to the Historic Site, I wondered aground the grounds taking in the beauty of the sight and found something new.  The John Deere historic site Grand Detour celebrated […]

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