Taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the theme of Springfield’s 99th annual Independence Day celebration is “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Iver Lindberg, this year’s grand marshals, exemplifies the phrase for he has spent his life among the people of Springfield giving generously to many community organizations including area fire departments, women’s auxiliaries, Boy Scouts, 4-H Clubs, Veterans groups and churches to name but a few. In Lindberg’s words, “I would rather give than take.”
Lindberg, born at home on Oct. 5, 1951, in the hamlet of Lena, was one of 15 children. During high school he drove a truck hauling cows, and following graduation worked at Sam Smith’s Boatyard selling John Deere implements and working on boats until he left to take another job in 1980. For the next eight years he worked selling farm equipment for a Cherry Valley dealer, starting his own business in the fall of 1988. When asked what motivated him to take the risk of starting his own business, he remarked that he “didn’t want to work for someone else.” In September 2001, he moved to the current location of Springfield Tractor and Implement.
Lindberg said his greatest achievement has been to stay in business and he has done much more than that. Of 2,400 dealerships in the United States, his has ranked second for seven years and been in the top five for 10 years. In February, he received the Circle of Excellence award honoring him for having the highest single business volume in the history of the Cub Cadet Company.
As to his reaction when chosen as this year’s grand marshal, Lindberg said it was “nice to be asked,” but also pointed out how many good people there are in Springfield. According to a media release, he has enjoyed life and fought hard to have a successful business, a great family, and to beat a recent illness that put him in the hospital for the first time in his life.
Lindberg will lead a parade in which over the years his tractors have pulled floats for many organizations. In 1989, the first new pickup truck he ever owned pulled Kelly Mabie’s “Clowning Around” float.