Let us honor several men who lifted means of farming and the “working of the land” to heights that swiftly led us to where we are today.
One gentleman who did much to revolutionize one of the most primitive tools of agriculture was a young fellow born in Berwickshire, Scotland named James Small, who while revolutionizing the plow, was also proving to mankind once again that big things come in “Small” packages.
All terrible jokes aside— it was when Small was employed in Yorkshire, England at the age of 18 that he set his eyes upon a Rotherham plow invented by Joseph Foljambe. As fate would have it, Joseph happened to also work in the area. He also happened to be the pioneer of the first commercial metal plow(1730). James Small took the idea of the Rotherham home to Scotland and through much trial, error, experimenting, and hard work, he created what is known as the “Scot’s Plow” which was soon exported to the United States.
In a selfless move and typical to European fashion, he refused to patent his plow. He, as others have, wanted to simply further civilization. In time, his reward for this honorable move awarded him a stint in a debtors’ prison. Isn’t life fair and grand?
From Foljambe to Small, we arrive at John Deere who in the 1830’s crafted the first steel plow enabling the working of land that was previously unthinkable.
Theres more than ample information to be found on the topic of the plough and ploughing in general. But again, more than to educate, my aim is to simply highlight the names and deeds of various men whose images and memories would likely be toppled if they were to be found in statue form in this, the modern age of history erasure and legal racial persecution of anything “white”.
To men such as these, society owes more than a simple debt of gratitude. I believe remembrance and the sharing of their stories is not too much to ask from nations who’ve benefited from their work evidenced by centuries of full bellies.
Hand To The Plow, A Look Back: James Small, Joseph Foljamb, & John Deere…