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A new organization open to all persons who are interested
‘in the restoration, preservation and historical
background’ of machines and related items bearing the name of
Jerome Increase Case and his companies recently was incorporated in
Ohio and is seeking members worldwide.
Officially named the ‘J.I. Case Collectors Association,
Inc.,’ the not-for-profit group was formed following an
organizational meeting held at the Darke County Steam Threshers
Association show in Greenville, Ohio, last year.
The group honors the memory and the heritage of J.I. Case, who
was one America’s foremost inventors and producers of farm
engines and machinery during the last half of the 19th Century.
According to the association’s bylaws, principal purposes of
the new organization are to foster the ‘exchange of information
and materials’ and to provide ‘opportunities for recreation
and education for individuals…with an interest in equipment and
other matters associated with J.I. Case companies.’
Case steam traction engines, gasoline tractors and machinery
were featured at Darke County’s 1985 event; and several of that
show’s organizers are charter officers of the new J.I. Case
group. They are: D.A. Nealeigh, president; Bruce E. Davis,
treasurer; and John W. Davis, secretary. The board of directors
includes Clarence E. Christian, Jr., David T. Erb (who serves as
editor of ‘Old Abe’s News,’ the Association’s
newsletter), and Helen Case Brigham (a great-granddaughter of J. I.
Membership dues currently are $15 a year, including a
subscription to the quarterly newsletter. Additional memberships in
a family group may be obtained without the newsletter subscription
got $10 a year.
Persons interested in obtaining a membership applications or
learning more about the organization should write to Bruce E.
Davis, Treasurer, Case Association, 14377 Sharp Road, Sidney, Ohio
Those interested in contributing material for publication in
‘Old Abe’s News’ should contact David T. Erb, Editor,
Route 2, Box 242, Vinton, Ohio 45686. The newsletter is named for
the original J.I. Case Company trademark (an eagle/’Old
Abe’ perched on the globe), which was first used in 1865.
Mr. Brigham is the husband of Helen Case Brigham.