Case Steam Rollers, Scale Wood Bros. Engine, Geiser Mfg. Info: Readers Share

Past and Present: Letters about traction engines and threshers

| Spring 2007

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    A 40 HP Case steam road roller takes a break during its showing at the 2006 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Sept. 1-4, 2006. An article about Case steam rollers inspired readers to share their knowledge about the company's steam rollers.
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    Shepherd Photo #1: A Stevens 16 HP steam engine and an Ottumwa Iron Works sawmill, built in 1885, can be seen in this 1914 photo. It was taken north of Ashgrove, Iowa.
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    Shepherd Photo #2: A Stevens 16 HP engine with a Case separator on Harve Roberts’ farm near Ashgrove, Iowa, in 1907. Pictured, from left, are W.C. Shepherd, Burt Albright and Ray Shepherd.
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    A Case 35 HP steam road roller at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. This road roller is owned by the Duane Coonrod family, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. An article about Case steam rollers in the Winter 2007 Steam Traction issue inspired a pair of readers to share their knowledge of the company's steam rollers.
    Nikki Rajala
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    Shepherd Photo #4 : John Sheperd operating his 5/8-scale Wood Bros. engine. 
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    Shepherd Photo #5 : John Shepherd running his scale model Woods Bros. engine on steam for the first time in 2005.
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    Shepherd Photo #3:  A circa 1918 22 HP Wood Bros. engine, no. 426, once owned by John Shepherd, but now owned by Tom Nichols, Eldon, Iowa. 
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    Shepherd Photo #6: From left: Gathering around the scale model Wood Bros. steam engine are Chris Jowett, Tom Nichols and Mike Parker. Tom was making adjustments to the engine.
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    Cole Photo #1: A photo submitted by Bill Johsnon and printed in the 1952 November/December issue of Iron-Men Album. On the engine are Bill and Wally Wilkins. The engine is a 20 Hp Waterloo owned by Louis Holt. This photo was accidentally placed within the article by W.F. Steuck, "A Day in my Days," on the Steam Traction archives at www.SteamTraction.com. All aside, look at those rubber tires on the front of this engine!
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    Norbeck Photo #2: Children enjoy Jack Norbeck's traveling exhibit at the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va., May 2006. Norbeck compiles information on the history of steam to display in his exhibits.
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    Norbeck Photo #1: A view of Jack Norbeck's traveling exhibit on the history of steam at the Roanoke County Library, Roanoke, Va., May 2006.
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    Babcock Photo #1: From left: Lynn Mix, Harry Woodmansee, an unidentified man (now identified as Ken Crawley) and John Southard at the steam show at Milton, Ontario, Canada, in 1971. 
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    Harris Photo #2: Ron Harris is looking to identify this steam engine. (Editor’s note: The engine is a Port Huron, but we don’t know what size.)
    Ron Harris
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    Harris Photo #1: Ron Harris is looking to identify this steam engine. He’s particularly interested in the mechanism on the front of the engine, which he says appears to be a circular saw.
    Ron Harris
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    Benton Photo #1: Thomas Hart Benton's Threshing Wheat, circa 1938-39, egg tempera and oil paint. It is on display at the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terra Haute, Ind.
    Art ©T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

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Case Steam Road Roller Information

Regular contributor Robert T. Rhode (e-mail: case65@earthlink.net) and Raymond L. Drake (e-mail: raymond88@earthlink.net) write in this issue to share what they’ve learned about production data on Case steam rollers. Bob and Ray write:

We would like to compliment Bill Vossler on his fine article “A Tale of Two Steam Road Rollers” in the Winter 2007 issue of Steam Traction.

When we were doing our research for our book, Classic American Steamrollers 1871-1935 Photo Archive, we viewed as many extant rollers as possible and discovered major discrepancies between the known lists of production figures of Case steam rollers. All too often, we would find a Case roller, and, when we compared the serial number of this machine to several of the published production lists available, there was no correlation between the two.

For instance, we took the serial number of a known 40 HP Case roller, and, at the time we found it on one of the lists, we discovered that it was erroneously cataloged as a 40 HP traction engine. We are happy to inform fellow steam preservationists that at least one list has no inaccuracies that we were able to find, and it was first published by David Erb, former editor of Old Abe’s News. We recommend to steam aficionados trying to identify Case steam rollers that this is the list they should consider to be the final authority. See the production statistics in "Case Steam Roller Production," directly below this writing, which is a general overview of Case roller production figures from our book.



According to the figures, Case built 678 10-ton steam rollers and 29 12-ton rollers, for a combined total of 707 steam rollers.

We always enjoy hearing from other road roller enthusiasts, and we would like to encourage our fellow preservationists to contact us with any information they have and to ask any questions that may arise. We have found that many preservationists have in their collections photos of unknown or unidentified road rollers. We want to state that we are always happy to assist in identifying these machines.



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