| March/April 1973

Forest Grove Trailer Park, Ontario, New York 14519

Story written by Mr. Dan Parks of Iowa State University and we thank the newsletter folks of The Pioneer Engine Bugle for letting us use it.)

The beginnings of the J. I. Case Company began in Williamstown, N. Y. It was there that Jerome Increase Case was born to Baleb and Deborah (Jackson) Case. Williamstown is located in Oswego County. His mother was a descendent of Andrew Jackson. Jerome was the youngest of four sons.

Jerome read about the ground hog thresher in the 'Genesee Farmer' magazine. This later became the 'Country Gentleman' magazine and is now the 'American Agriculturist.' He soon talked his father into becoming the local agent for the manufacturer. The ground hog thresher had been patented by Andrew Meikle in England in 1788.

J. I. Case attended Rensselaer from January 1841 till the Threshing season opened. He bought six ground hog threshers on credit. He then traveled from Oswego by way of the Welland Canal and Lakes Erie, Huron, and Michigan. It cost him $60 freight to ship his threshers. When he arrived in Chicago, he bought two horses and a strong wagon. He then started north.

He sold five of his threshers along the way to Rochester, Wisconsin. When he arrived in Rochester, he stayed at a tavern owned by Levi Godfrey. He made enough money through the sale of the five threshers and custom threshing to keep him through the winter.