Early Farming Methods — Marengo, Illinois, 1835-1935

"[When the town of Marengo, Illinois, was founded in 1835] farming, the main occupation, was performed at a disadvantage in pioneer days on account of the crude implements in use. Hoes, spades, shovels, etc., were generally such as a blacksmith — and not always a skillful one — could fashion. Plows were far inferior to the smooth cast-steel, light-running instruments of today."