John Deere Archivist to speak at Orion Library


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Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2013, 10:33 am
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Press release submitted by Western District Library Board President


Neil Dahlstrom, Manager of Corporate History and Records Services at John Deere, will speak at 7 PM on Feb. 20 at The Western District Library in Orion. All are invited to attend. Neil will discuss the people and places that helped John Deere become the most recognizable name in agriculture. He will explain why it was more than a plow that made John Deere one of the most important businessmen of the 19th century.
Neil is a graduate of Monmouth College with a master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. He is the author of The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere, and co-author of Lincoln's Wrath. Neil has appeared on Book TV, NatGeo's Ultimate Factories, History Detectives, and other television and radio shows. He is an active member of the Moline Preservation Society, and serves on the Alumni Board and Board of Trustees at Monmouth College. Neil and his wife, Karen, and son, Grant, live in Moline.
No registration is necessary and there will be homemade cookies!












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1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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