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Joe Wheeler, an employee at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie speaks on the history of Illinois farming during the 1800’s through the early 1940’s. Wheeler stopped by and showed history through slides to about eighteen residents who stopped at White Oak Library in Lockport. Photo by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media
Locals gathered at Lockport’s White Oak Library on the evening of Aug. 22 to view a presentation from Joe Wheeler, U.S. Forest Service, Midewin archaeologist and heritage program manager about farming on the Illinois frontier. Photo Submitted
Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter
3:44 am CDT August 29, 2019

At one time Illinois led the country for the largest crops of wheat. John Lane of Lockport was the original inventor of the self-scouring plow. He never got the patent so John Deere has the credit for the invention. 

It was facts like these that Joe Wheeler, U.S. Forest Service, Midewin archaeologist and heritage program manager brought to White Oak library in Lockport for his program titled “Farming on the Illinois Frontier.”