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Retired John Deere workers restore century-old agricultural equipment

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A group of retired John Deere workers set out to restore the used farm equipment.
A group of retired John Deere workers set out to restore the used farm equipment.

A 110-year old corn planter got spruced up and rebuilt on a spring afternoon in Knoxville, Iowa, as a group of retired John Deere workers set out to restore the used farm equipment, the Knoxville Journal Express reported.

According to the news outlet, one of the retired workers and his wife found the old equipment on an old farm, and decided to restore the corn planter and donate tyhe machine to the local historical museum.

"We talked about selling it but thought we’d take it to the historical museum people first," Linda Besick told the Journal Express.

The Wapello County Historical Museum's project director, Jim Johnson, came to look at the machine and realized that the planter was initially built in 1902, prompting the restoration project.

The news source reported that Dennis Besick gathered his former John Deere plant co-workers together at his home one Saturday afternoon to rebuild the machine, a project that only took them an hour due to their high level of expertise.

The Wapello County Historical Museum was established by the local historical society, as a way of preserving and remembering the area's past, which was closely linked to agriculture and farming.

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