Dr. C. A. Pinkenburg of 254 West First, Hoisington, Kansas 67544 wrote to say that he enjoyed reading his father-in-law's, J. F. Komarek's copies of Iron-Men Album. Dr. Pinkenburg sent us a copy of the following story which seems to have come from a 1915 catalog, and tells the story of the company's famous eagle.
Old Abe, the famous war eagle of Wisconsin, was captured by Chief Sky, a Chippewa Indian, son and successor of Thunder of Bees, during sugar-making time in 1861 on the Flambeau river.
While on the road, the young Chief sold his precious bird to Daniel McCann of Evil Point, for a bushel of corn. An old veteran with a bias for oratory thus describes the transaction: 'And for this paltry sum was a noble bird sold from freedom to captivity; from barbarism to civilization; from the murmer of the pines to the crash of battles; from obscurity to fame.'
Daniel McCann carried the eagle to Eau Claire and offered the eagle, now full grown and handsome, to what subsequently became Company 'C' of the Eighth, or Eagle Regiment.
The eagle was christened Old Abe in honor of the man on whom were centered the hearts and minds of all the people.
Old Abe was in thirty-six battles. During the engagements he suffered but fewslight wounds, and returned home to Madison hale and hearty. In 1880, when the soldiers' reunion, on a vast scale, was being held in Milwaukee, Old Abe attended, sharing the honors of the event with General Grant.
In the winter of 1881 a fire started in some old paints and oil stored in the basement of the Wisconsin State Capitol, where Old Abe spent his days. On March 26, 1881, with a slight tremor Old Abe expired in the arms of his keeper, George Gillis. Like the great Napoleon, Old Abe died out of battle.
Old Abe witnessed the saddest war in history, but today he is known and revered throughout the world as a sign of peace and plenty, the sign of industry. Business men know him because CASE machines bear his picture. Over the main door of the CASE office is a gigantic bronze of Old Abe.
While you are reading these lines, CASE Threshing machines in various parts of the earth are separating from the chaff, the grain which makes the bread for both the powerful and the humble. They are being driven by power generated in CASE tractors, burning in some localities coal,-in some gasoline and kerosene, in others straw or wood. The threshed grain, grown on land plowed and made ready for seed by gang-plows bearing our name, is being carried over roads made by CASE road machinery, and in those parts of the world, when the day's work is done, the toilers are resting from their labors, many of them enjoying in their CASE motor cars the quiet restfulness of out of doors.
This is only part of the story of Old Abe. We will send you a copy of this interesting booklet if you want it.