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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.”