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90_HR0392 LRB9011412CBcbA 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, For over 100 years the Schmidt family has been 3 involved in the farm implement business; and 4 WHEREAS, The business actually began when Richard Schmidt 5 emigrated to Atlanta, Illinois, from Germany in 1881 and 6 began to work for Mr. Demer Rhodes, the local blacksmith; and 7 WHEREAS, Two events occurred which would set the course 8 for the business; in 1898 Richard bought the blacksmith shop 9 and his son, Paul A. Schmidt, was born; and 10 WHEREAS, In 1926, Richard died and his son, Paul, took 11 over the company; that same year Paul Schmidt signed his 12 first contract with J.I. Case Company, the beginning of 72 13 years of continuous service to the local farm community; and 14 WHEREAS, In 1928, a son was born to Paul and his wife 15 Ruth, Richard E. Schmidt, the third generation of Schmidts to 16 continue on with the business; and 17 WHEREAS, Under Dick Schmidt's management, the business 18 changed from a blacksmith shop selling some machinery to a 19 farm machinery dealership doing some blacksmith work; and 20 WHEREAS, In 1954, the future fourth generation to take 21 over the business was born, Steven Paul Schmidt; and 22 WHEREAS, Schmidt Implement Company was formed in 1970; 23 and 24 WHEREAS, Steven P. Schmidt joined the family business in 25 1976; the same year a new building was constructed to 26 accommodate the growing business; and 27 WHEREAS, In 1977, Michael Schmidt was born to Steven; the 28 fifth generation of Schmidts had arrived; and 29 WHEREAS, The business continued to flourish and on -2- LRB9011412CBcbA 1 November 1, 1987, two Logan County farm equipment dealers 2 joined forces, Schmidt Implement Company and Marcotte 3 International, Inc., causing the opening of Schmidt-Marcotte, 4 Inc.; and 5 WHEREAS, William Marcotte brought to the business 21 6 years of association with International Harvester products; 7 and 8 WHEREAS, The company further enhanced their central 9 Illinois leadership in agriculture implement sales by merging 10 with Evans Implement of Lawndale; and 11 WHEREAS, With the merger, David Evans joined the Schmidts 12 and Bill Marcotte as a third business partner; and 13 WHEREAS, Steve Schmidt is the President, Bill Marcotte, 14 the vice-president, and Dave Evans the treasurer 0f 15 Schmidt-Marcotte, Inc., which currently employs 30 local 16 individuals; and 17 WHEREAS, A celebration marking their 100 years of service 18 will be held in Atlanta at the business on July 25, 1998; 19 therefore, be it 20 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 21 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 22 congratulate Schmidt-Marcotte, Inc. for their 100 years of 23 service to the farming community; and be it further 24 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 25 presented to Steven P. Schmidt, President, Schmidt-Marcotte, 26 Inc.
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