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The Lindeman Influence on the Crawler Market

Four Brothers created a thriving enterprise in Yakima, Washington, that played a role in propelling industry leader Deere & Co. into the crawler market.

| April 2020

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Jesse G. Lindeman. Photo courtesy lindemanarchives.com

The story of four brothers from Iowa is almost unbelievable today. Led by the eldest, the four created a thriving enterprise in Yakima, Washington, that played a role in propelling industry leader Deere & Co. into the crawler market.

Jesse G. Lindeman and his three brothers – Harry, Ross and Joseph – are noted for designing, manufacturing and selling agricultural equipment specialized for Pacific Northwest orchards. Jesse, the oldest (and the principal brother), was a gifted natural engineer who brought his brothers into his businesses.

Jesse Lindeman’s most famous and enduring venture was Lindeman Power Equipment Co. of Yakima, Washington, which operated between 1923 and 1947 and is noted for the influence it had on Deere & Co. and that company’s products.



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Controls on the BO crawler. The two with black knobs are for steering. The clutch is on the right; the short one on the left is the transmission shifter. Photo courtesy mecum.com.

Developing products for agricultural market

Following the end of World War I, Jesse Lindeman was mustered out of the U.S. Army in 1919. Returning home to his Cass County, Iowa, family farm, Jesse decided that farming was not for him. During a visit to his uncle, Gus Lindeman in Ellensburg, Washington, he found work in nearby Yakima as a salesman for Rovig Lumber Co., starting in January 1920.



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