2010 Jackson-Lee-Pearson

In 1946, L.M. Chittick and son, John, opened a John Deere dealership in a new 6000 sq ft. building on West Columbia Street, Flora. There had been no Deere dealership in Flora for a good number of years. In 1962, Matthew E “Pete” Jackson, a farm owner and Deere salesperson from Monticello, purchased an interest and became salesman and general manager of Chittick-Jackson, Inc.
In 1963, W.H. “Bill” Lee closed his Deere dealership in Delphi and purchased the interest held by L.M. Chittick and the business became Chittick-Jackson-Lee, Inc. In 1965, John Chittick sold his interest to the other two partners and it became Jackson-Lee, Inc. In 1966 they built a new building of 11,000 sq. ft. on six acres at Clark Street and State Road 75.
Then in 1972, William J. “Bill” Pearson, a northwestern Carroll County farmer, purchased an interest, resulting in Jackson-Lee-Pearson, Inc. as it remains today. During the 1970s an additional 20,000 sq ft. of buildings was put under roof. In 1979, Lee retired and sold to Jackson and Pearson. In 1989, Jackson sold to Pearson, making him the sole owner. In 1991, Bill Pearson acquired the Deere dealership in Frankfort, which is also operated under the name of Jackson-Lee-Pearson, Inc. Bill’s son, Jason, joined the business two years later and became manager of the Frankfort location.
Over the years the size of implement has increased dramatically which led in 2001 to the purchase of the 25,280 square foot Allegiance Wire building just to the east of the original site, remodeling it into administrative offices and service area for tractors, combines and lawn and garden equipment. The original building houses sales office, parts sales, and lawn and garden showroom.
More recently a new roof has been added to the original structure and remodeling in the parts showroom and moving the entrance to the north side of the building. Future improvement will be to add new sheet metal to the exterior of the structure. Also in 2007 Jason W Pearson, manager of the Frankfort location has begun the purchase of Jackson-Lee-Pearson, Inc. from sole owner Bill Pearson.
In the 1950s, there were ten major farm equipment manufacturers represented in Carroll County. These included Allis Chalmers, Case Cockshutt, John Deere, Ferguson, Ford, International Harvestor, Massey-Harris, Minneapolis-Moline and Oliver. Through the 1930s Huber and Silver King were also sold. Due to mergers and takeovers, the original ten manufactures are now down to six. Of these, only John Deere maintains its original identity and Jackson-Lee-Pearson, Inc. is the only major full line implement dealer in Carroll County.

December 20, 2010

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