Butterfield's Big Case


| March/April 1986


1022 North Elm Luverne, Minnesota 56156

Sporting its new paint job, new flues, new stack and some new gears, fittings, valves and bearings, the big Case proudly circled the parade route with the same commanding air a battleship has when it steams up the channel heading for port. This took place at the Butter-field Threshermen's Association's 19th annual engine show, held August 17-18, 1985.

This is the steamer that Neil Miller of Alden Iowa was rebuilding when ill health forced him and Thelma to have an auction sale on June 12, 13, 14, 1980. Jim Tow, Fairmont, Minnesota, bought the big job, trucked it home and stored it for the past five years. This year largely through the efforts of Ed Lammers, Butter-field, Minnesota an agreement was reached which gave BTA the right to show and keep the engine at Butter-field, providing they would finish rebuilding it. I wish the late Mr. Miller could see this beauty now, for it certainly must have looked different when he found the engine and some of the other needed parts scattered around Montana!

BTA has three other belt and plow steam engines; a 65 HP Case owned by Wayne Kispert, and Dave Fenske owns another Case which has a steer able two wheel tender trailing on the back. The tender wheels are steered by a cable and chain arrangement which attaches to the front wheels. The Nichols & Shepard 25-85, double simple, is owned by Lamont Ewy.

Dave Borchert owns and runs a 1/8 scale Mogul train steam engine fired by propane gas which pulls two cars.

These cars are usually filled with kids who purchase the 50 tickets which must be presented in order to get on board. He also owns the first stationary engine shown at BTA. This is a Vilter and was used in a New Ulm Brewery for many years, for it was new in 1901. In the future they plan on using this engine to run the machinery in the blacksmith shop.






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