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"A Short Interview" with John Deere, ca. 1886

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Published article from The Sioux City Daily newspaper of a conversation a local man had with Mr. John Deere while traveling to California on a train.
Courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, "A Short Interview," The Sioux City Daily, ca. 1886


W. L. Wilkings describes in this article in The Sioux City Daily a conversation he had with John Deere while the two were traveling to California on a train. This conversation happened shortly before Deere died in May 1886.

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • How did John Deere respond when his friend did not pay back the loan?
  • Make an inference: What traits of good character does Wilkins report that Deere had? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.