W.C. 'Chady' Atteberry of Blackwell, Oklahoma, is the new president of the 2,100 member International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation, succeeding Thomas G. Lee of Calhoun, Kentucky, who completed two one-year terms as the organization's leader.
Atteberry's election by the Foundation's board of directors came following the group's annual membership meeting, held on August 4 during the 4th Annual International J.I. Case Heritage Exposition at Brooks, Oregon. He has served as vice president of the Foundation since its birth in May 1987 and has been president of the Oklahoma Steam and Gas Threshermen's Association for several years. A farmer and former custom harvester, Atteberry is one of North America's best known leaders in the ag heritage movement and was a founding director of the Case Heritage Foundation.
At the membership meeting, three new directors were elected unanimously to the Foundation's board. They are: Gerry A. Stange of Moorhead, Minnesota; Carl Turtle of Howell, Michigan; and Tom Kempling of Drumheller, Alberta, Canada. They replace Kevin Anderson of Andover, South Dakota; Jack W. Beamish of Hamiota, Manitoba, Canada; and Past President Lee, all of whom completed their terms as directors this year and did not seek reelection.
At its first meeting following the election of directors, the Board chose Carl Turtle as vice president, filling the spot left open by Atteberry's elevation to the top leadership post.
The three new directors join the following board members whose terms expire in future years under the Foundation's staggered-term system: President Atteberry; Helen Case Brigham, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, who was chosen by the Board for another term as Secretary-Treasurer; Don Bradley of Forsyth, Montana; Jim Briden of Fargo, North Dakota; David M. Feldkamp of Kaukauna, Wisconsin; Neil Heesacker of Forest Grove, Oregon; Mrs. Beverly L. Hughes of Ilderton, Ontario; Kenneth Kelley of Pawnee, Oklahoma; Ed Perry of Hudson, Illinois; and Anthony Wells of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
In addition to the election of officers for the 1990-91 year, the board affirmed a recommendation of the Foundation's site selection committee, approving Pontiac, Illinois as the site for the 1993 International J.I. Case Heritage Exposition. The event will be held there in conjunction with the Central States Threshermen's Reunion, which is held annually for the five days leading up to and including Labor Day.
The Foundation's Board previously had approved sites for the 1991 and 1992 Case Heritage Expos, both of which also are scheduled over long Labor Day weekends. Next year's event will be held in conjunction with the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion at Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and the 1992 Expo, which will mark the 150th anniversary of the J.I. Case line of equipment, will visit the Western Minnesota Threshermen's Reunion at Rollag, Minnesota.
Information about the Foundation membership, which is open to all followers of agricultural heritage, worldwide, may be obtained by writing or calling Secretary-Treasurer Helen Case Brigham (a great-granddaughter of Jerome Increase Case, who founded the Case Company in 1842), at Post Office Box 5128, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714-0128, phone 501-855-0312.