In this quick-hit video from the editors of Farm Equipment, Neil Dahlstrom, Manager of History & Corporate Archives at John Deere, tells the story of how a blacksmith amidst a financial depression left Vermont to embark on a 6-week journey to the Illinois frontier looking for work. And how a discarded sawmill blade would revolutionize agriculture, and the farm machinery supply landscape.


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