It was all part of a weekend for farm toy collectors held each year in this industrious town of 4,000, which bills itself as the “Farm Toy Capital of the World. Dyersville became the center of farm toy collecting due to The Ertl Company, which established itself in this northeast Iowa town in 1960. Frederick F. Ertl came to America from Germany in 1922. He was a 18-year-old apprentice foundry molder. His entrance to America was sponsored by the Kunnert family, who lived in Dubuque, Iowa. He worked in the Kunnert grocery business until he found work with Addams Foundry, as a molder. He mailed money home to Bavaria, providing for his family and allowing his brother, John, to join him in Iowa. John moved to Waterloo and worked for John Deere. Both Fred and John continued sending money home until Hitler’s operatives began intercepting all letters. He tinkered by repairing metal items, starting with boat oar locks, in the family’s furnace. He also tinkered with toys for his sons, starting with a replacement for a broken toy.