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,
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,
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.