By Lars Dalseide | January 27 2013 09:29

Brothers accidentally start John Deere Dealership in Maryland

John Deere dealer Gladhill Brothers at the Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show

There are almost two hundred vendors at this year's Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show in Frederick. Fitting given the thousands of visitors. Some come for the guides, some come for the gear and some come for the experience. There's a favorite to be had for everyone.

One of those favorites (at least for me) is the Gladhill Brothers John Deere dealership. Since we already talked to them last year, here's another look at this great Maryland company.

Frederick, Maryland - 2012 marks the 175th anniversary of John Deere — a true American institution. Equally impressive is Gladhill Brothers’ 75 Anniversary as a John Deere dealer — a Damascus, Maryland institution. At the NRA’s 3rd Annual Great American Hunting & Outdoor Show last weekend, I sat down with Tessie Gladhill to hear this Maryland success story.

“We come to these events to show off John Deere’s latest products,” said Tessie. “They’re very popular with the outdoor crowd.”

Tessie’s grandfather saw that John Deere was very popular with the farming crowd back in the 1930s. Making trips from Damascus to Baltimore a few times a year to sell livestock, he was constantly asked by neighbors to pick up parts and equipment from Deere & Company.

“Really by accident, they established themselves as dealer for John Deere,” explained Tessie. “First one was in Damascus and then they expanded into Frederick in the 1960s.”

Read the full piece from last year's talk with Gladhill Brothers and 75 years of John Deere.


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