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The Chamberlain Plow Company eventually became the Norwegian Plow Company in Dubuque. Photo courtesy: William K. Hammel
Victorian trade card of the Chamberlain Plow Company.
Trade Card
CHAMBERLAIN PLOW COMPANY. Pioneering agricultural implement manufacturer. The future manufacturing giant began as a small blacksmith shop in Orfordville, Wisconsin. H.H. Sater, later the superintendent of the NORWEGIAN PLOW COMPANY, made plows with a small anvil. A larger shop which utilized machinery was constructed in Brodhead, Wisconsin by C.W. Mitchell and others.
Trade Card
Trade Card
Chamberlain advertisement
Trade Card

In 1877 William C. CHAMBERLAIN purchased an interest in the Wisconsin business and opened a branch office and salesroom in Dubuque. The name of the company at that time was Chamberlain, Mitchell & Company. In 1879 George Stephens and others joined the firm. In 1879 a stock company incorporated under Iowa laws was founded, the Norwegian Plow Company.

The 1884-1885 and 1886-87 Dubuque City Directory gave the corner of Locust and Jones as the address.