History of the J.I. Case & Co. from its origins in the 1840s to the late 1800s
Jerome Increase Case, founder of J.I. Case Co., in 1842. Director and President, March 1, 1880. He died December 22, 1891. Mr. Case was born December 11, 1819.
Early Case factory at Racine about 1857.
Copy of wood cut of a Case traction steam engine.
Courtesy an 1885 Case catalog
Case Steam Engine No. 1. Traction steam engines were made about 1876. These early models required a team hitched in front for steering. By 1885 this was changed by the use of steering chains wound about a shaft and turned with a hand wheel.
Early model Case steam engine.
Courtesy an 1885 almanac and guide book
First Case steam traction engine.
Case horsepower used for driving threshers in the early days.
Courtesy an 1886 catalog
The Case Apron Thresher of 1870.
An illustration of the Eclipse Thresher as it first appeared in 1871 catalog. The first machines of this kind were built in 1869. This illustration is the first one of record showing the use of a bagger.