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Farm equipment store to close after 110 years

Posted by Green Fun Store on 2/28/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
Knott & Geisbert Inc. Mowers and Farm Eqiupment is an institution in Frederick, Maryland. The store was founded 110 years ago and farm equipment has been sold from the same location through its entire history. However, the farm equipment is shuttering its doors - to the sadness of its many devoted customers.

Roger Hood "Hoodie" Geisbert II represents the third generation of the Geisbert family to run the store; he told The Frederick News Post that the store's closing is bittersweet in many ways, but he has been anticipating it for a while. "I guess I'm getting older," he said. "I'm 75 and my wife passed away, who was a main part of the business."

Moreover, Geisbert affirms the area around Frederick has shifted in recent years from an agricultural hub to a more residential district. "It's time to go," Geisbert said. The store was established in 1900 and originally catered to a clientele looking for carriage construction. In the 1940s, however, the store started to carry John Deere tractors and it began offering products for farmers from then on.

The Frederick community is lamenting the loss of the store. Colby Ferguson, a Frederick County agriculture development specialist, said farmers with used tractors and antique farm equipment will have a harder time finding replacement parts now that the store is closed. "I have a colleague who used antique tractors and older equipment for farming and this place was his number one resource for parts, and that's one of the biggest impacts closing the business will have."