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1. Barn Raising Barn Raising Barns; McLean County, Illinois; Farming; Farmers; Celebrations; Construction McLean County, Illinois, men pose for a picture during a barn raising.

2. Richard M. Britt Richard M. Britt McLean County, Illinois; Farmers; Farming Richard M. Britt was an early farmer in Mount Hope Township in McLean County.

3. The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover The Heart of the Cornbelt book cover McLean County, Illinois; Books; Book covers; Farming; Farmers; Corn; Frontier & pioneer life; This cover from The Heart of the Cornbelt: An Illustrated History of Corn Farming in McLean County by William D. Walters Jr. covers corn farming from Native Americans to present.

4. Marking Cornfield Marking Cornfield McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; This drawing of a hand-held planter shows a farmer planting in evenly-marked spaces.

5. James Wilson Jessee James Wilson Jessee McLean County, Illinois; Civil War; Soldiers; Farmers; Farming A veteran of the Civil War, James Wilson Jessee worked as a farmhand after the war.

6. Asahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois Asahel Gridley, businessman, McLean County, Illinois McLean County, Illinois; Millionaires; Farming; Gridley, Asahel; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Farmers Asahel Gridley, McLean County's first millionaire, had much to say about early farming. Gridley is recognized as one of the first citizens to arrive in Bloomington, Illinois. He arrived there in 1831 and...

7. Stalk Rake Stalk Rake McLean County, Illinois; Raking (Sweeping); Farming; Farmers; Equipment; This 19th century stalk rake was used to remove stalks in the field from the previous year's corn.

8. Granger Protest Meeting Granger Protest Meeting McLean County, Illinois; Farmers' groups; Farming; Protest movements; Railroads; Sketches This sketch shows a protest meeting of Grangers shown in the History of the Grange Movement.

9. Reuben Benjamin Reuben Benjamin McLean County, Illinois; Farmers' groups; Farming; Railroads; Constitutions; Reuben Benjamin works in the Illinois courthouse's law library.

10. Shocked Corn Shocked Corn McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farmers; Farming Shocked corn as it appears in a farmer's field with a farmer looking on.

11. Masthead from McLean County Anti-Monopolist Masthead from McLean County Anti-Monopolist McLean County, Illinois; Mastheads; Farmers; Farming; Railroads; Newspapers This masthead is from an anti-monopolist newspaper briefly published in Saybrook.

12. A.E. Swap's Residence and Business, Weston, Illinois A.E. Swap's Residence and Business, Weston, Illinois McLean County, Illinois; Merchants; Stores & shops; Farmers; Farming This drawing is of the small store of A.E. Swap in Weston, McLean County.

13. Melvin and Ada Hendricks Melvin and Ada Hendricks McLean County, Illinois; Wedding costume; Farm life; Farmers; Farming; Weddings This photo shows Melvin and Ada Hendricks on their wedding day, February 25, 1939.

14. Walking Corn Walking Corn McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farmers; Farming; Walking A farmer with a hoe walks corn about 1935.

15. Melvin Hendricks on Tractor Melvin Hendricks on Tractor McLean County, Illinois; Farmers; Farms; Farming; Tractors Melvin Hendricks, a farm hand, uses one of the first tractors in McLean County in 1935.

16. Metal Wheeled Tractor Metal Wheeled Tractor McLean County, Illinois; Tractors; Farmers; Farming; Wheels Three farmers in overalls look over the engine of a metal wheeled tractor in the 1930s as a well-dressed man sits on the machine with a jug.

17. Cultivating Corn with Horses Cultivating Corn with Horses McLean County, Illinois; Horses; Corn; Farmers; Farming; Croplands; A farmer cultivates a field of corn with a team of two horses.

18. Cultivating Soybeans with Horses Cultivating Soybeans with Horses McLean County, Illinois; Soybeans; Farmers; Farming; Horses; Croplands A farmer, pulled by two horses, cultivates his soybean crop about 1930.

19. Preparing corn planter Preparing corn planter McLean County, Illinois; Corn; Farming; Farmers; Tractors Harold Smith prepares a John Deere 16 row planter in the spring of 1995.

20. Spraying before planting Spraying before planting McLean County, Illinois; Herbicides; Farming; Farmers McLean County Farm Service uses machinery to spray herbicide on land farmed by Murphy Farms in the spring of 1995.
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