Wagon Land Adventure : Collections
Object ID:
CR 2011-049
Object Name:
Deere & Webber Box Buggy
This is a runabout buggy. It has red wheels and a black box and dash. It is in original condition. It has both the John Deere buggy tag and the Velie buggy tag.
In 1892, John Deere's grandson, Stephen Velie, Jr., moved to Kansas City to be assistant manager of the John Deere Plow Company. A few years later, he founded the Velie Saddlery Company. Many of Velie's saddles, collars and harnesses for horses were marketed and sold through Deere's Kansas City branch.
The Velie Company was started by Willard Lamb Velie in 1902. Willard's mother was Emma Deere, daughter of John Deere (of plow and tractor fame). Willard started his career by working as secretary to the Deere and Company Board of Directors. He went on to found his own company called the Velie Carriage Company that made horse drawn buggies.
John Deere began as a blacksmith in Vermont. He moved to Grand Detour, IL, in 1836 where the demand for a blacksmith was so great that within 2 days he had built a forge and began helping customers. Learning from the pioneer farmers of the Midwest that plowing was really difficult with cast iron plows, Deere began working on a way to improve these plows. The answer came in 1837, when he developed the steel plow and tested it on a farm near Grand Detour. He moved to Moline in 1848 and opened a factory, taking advantage of the water power supplied by D.B. Sears' Dam and the river transportation supplied by the Mississippi River. Within 10 years, he was producing a 1,000 plows a year changing the face of Midwestern agriculture forever.
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