Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, 1994
This document is a brief biography of John Froelich, who was inducted into the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991. Froelich was an American inventor who lived in Froelich, Iowa, a small village in northeast Iowa. He is best known for inventing the first stable gasoline/petrol-powered tractor with forward and reverse gears.
Transcript of John Froelich's Biography from Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame Pamphlet
- John Froelich founded the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company in 1893, one year after he invented the stable gasoline/petrol-powered tractor with forward and reverse gears. This company was was purchased by John Deere in 1918. Explain how John Froelich's foresight into the changing needs of farmer led to his company's growth and eventual purchase by John Deere?
- Compare John Froelich's inventions to that of Arthur Collins. While they lived in different eras, what is similar between them and their inventions? What was each man responding to in their eras? How did their inventions help to society develop and grow?