Mighty oaks from small acorns grow

There is an old saying that was often used by a favorite teacher in my elementary school days. It is recalled roughly as follows, "Mighty oaks from small acorns grow". The history of the United States is filled with stories that are examples of this phrase, here is one.

He was born in Vermont in 1804. As a boy he received the standard minimum education of a few years and then served four years as a blacksmith apprentice, his name was John Deere.

In 1827 John married a lady from the nearby town of Granville. The couple would eventually have nine children. With a new family, John decided to open...