A Pair of Case 50's


| March/April 1971



Route 2, Avoca, Iowa 51521

Case No. 33991, consecutive in serial numbers these two Case Steam Engines were featured at the 2nd annual Eshelman S. W. Iowa Antique Machinery and threshing show 2 miles west of Grant, Iowa, on July 31, August 1st and 2nd of this year (1970).

In the center of this photo is Albert Eshelman from Elliott, Iowa, who puts on this show. Leaning on the belt posing with my 50 Case No. 33991 is myself, Raleigh Woltmann from Avoca, Iowa. Quentin Shultz of Griswold, Iowa, is standing by the front wheel of his No. 33992 Case 50.

This was the first reunion for these two engines, apparently, after assembly at the Case factory or at least upon separation from the branch house to the present owners.

A group of 4 farmers from around the Shelby, Iowa, farming community bought this rig of mine, No. 33991, new in July, 1917, along with a 32 x 57 steel Separator and water wagon booked out around $3,900.00 delivered by the Rock Island Railroad to Shelby.

This year I took the 'Outfit' back to Shelby for their 100th year Centennial and we had a threshing demonstration in about the exact spot where the rig was unloaded 53 years ago in the same month, July.