The story of John Deere, blacksmith and inventor, closely parallels the settlement and development of the Midwestern United States, an area that 19th century homesteaders considered the golden land of promise.
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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. Tate, who moves to Moline and raises the rafters on their three-story blacksmith shop by July 28.
Another follows in a few months and a third the next year.1867 Charles Deere sues Candee, Swan & Co., a competitor, for trademark infringement.
The case has precedent-setting implications for trademark law. Although farmers might prefer riding, the lower cost of this unit makes it sell even though the man has to walk in soft ground while straddling a row of corn.1868 After 31 years as a partnership or single proprietorship, the concern is incorporated under the name Deere & Company.
Could Deere preempt the word "Moline," which it has been using in its advertising, so that no similar product could incorporate it? There are four shareholders at first, six within a year.
Charles and John Deere control 65 percent of the stock.
1849 A workforce of about 16 builds 2,136 plows.1852 Deere buys out his partners.