J. I. CASE COMPANY

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At bottom, the engine had been struck on the Michigan Central, now the Penn Central. No one was hurt. It was then restored and put back to work. Note the cattle guards between the tracks. Courtesy of Louis Forrest, R. R. 1, Staples, Ontario, Canada NOP 2J
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Picture taken while on vacation in Northern Ontario. It could be a George White? Courtesy of Louis Forrest, R. R. 1, Staples, Ontario, Canada NOP 2JO.
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At top is a 25 HP George White rear mount manufactured in London, Ontario. Operator on platform is Archie Reaume of Comber and the owner is Tom Mathers, also of Comber. They are both deceased.
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My homemade lathe used in making the model Case engine and thresher. Courtesy of Fred W. Parker, Blackfoot, Alberta, Canada TOB-OLD.
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Owner of this very nice 1914 80 HP Case Steamer is Toivo Anderson, Three Hills, Alberta. On the left is Arlo Jurney, Calgary; on the right is Doug Hartley, 40 Franklin Dr., Calgary, Alberta. Courtesy of Arlo Jurney, F3 Kingsland Tr. Crt., Calgary, Alberta
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Pictured are two American Abell Engines. The first is a 32 HP and the other is a 28 HP These engines were noted for their ruggedness. They were powerfully built. They had rugged boilers which is the main thing on any good steam engine. Massive gears and t
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Joe and his T T Peerless at Reedtown, Ohio Courtesy of Joseph Holmer, R. R. 2, Republic, Ohio 44867.

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.)

(continued from March-April issue)

Next, Charles S. Brantingham became general manager and partner.
They then purchased the Geiser Manufacturing Company, Reeves and
Company and the Gas Traction Company. Later they bought the Osborne
line from International Harvester.

In 1914, Ralph Emerson died. Following his death, the company
kept getting in worse financial shape until in 1928, when Leon R.
Clausen, the new Case president, purchased Emerson-Brantingham.

In 1928, the name was changed to the J. I. Case Company, with
plants and offices in Racine, Dixon and Rock-ford.

Also in 1928, letters were substituted in place of the
horsepower ratings: the 12-20 became the A, the 18-32 became the K
and the 22-45, the T.

In 1929, the L (26-40), C, CO, CI and LI were introduced. Also
the CC was introduced, which was the first cultivating tractor
built by Case.

In 1932, the Case one man motor lift combine was introduced.
This combine could be equipped with engine or pto drive. It was 23
feet 6 inches long, 21 feet 7 inches wide and 12 feet 7 inches
high. The header was 10 feet wide and would swing around lengthwise
for transport. It only had a 22 inch cylinder which is rather small
beside today’s combines, but was quite respectable in its day.
The selling point of this combine was that the fuel for it, and the
tractor, could be purchased for the price of the twine it took on a
binder. The company also introduced a successful two-row corn
picker in this year.

In 1933, Case ranked third in production and sales of farm
tractors.

The L and C tractors had many desirable options on them. If a
person wished to spend the money, he could purchase as special
equipment: pto, hood sides, muffler, high air intake, motometer,
summer canopy, whistle, electrical lights and a winter cab. The CC
had as standard equipment, a mechanical power lift. This power lift
was driven by motor power transferred through an enclosed worm and
gear. They developed 2 and 4 row corn and cotton cultivators, 2-row
potato cultivators, 10-row truck crop seeders and cultivators,
6-row beet planters and cultivators, 4-row corn and cotton
planters, 3-row middle busters, 2-row listers and 7 mowers to be
used with the motor lift.

In 1936, a straight-in-line six foot combine was introduced.
Also in 1936, the RC Case was built. It was a tricycle row crop
tractor which could be equipped with a single front wheel when
desirable. This tractor used a 17 hp Waukesha 4 cylinder engine.
The rear tread was adjustable from 44 to 80 inches.

In 1937, Case, under Clausen’s direction purchased the Rock
Island Plow Company. The Rock Island Plow Company was founded by R.
N. Tate and Charles Buford in 1855. They made plows at first. When
purchased, they built plows, disk harrows, planters, cultivators,
listers, hay tools, spreaders and tractors.

The Rock Island Plow Company built the Rock Island Heider
tractor, from 1910 until purchased. Previous to 1910, the Heider
had been built by the Heider Company of Sarrol, Iowa.

Also in 1937, a large factory was purchased in Burlington, Iowa
to manufacture combines.

In 1939, Case introduced its D series tractors and with it came
Flambeau Red paint on the Case tractors and machinery. This tractor
was a 3-plow machine. It featured Eagle eye vision. They built a
DC-3 (row crop), DC-4 (high clearance), DO (orchard), and DV
(vineyard).

In 1940, the models V, VI, VO, VC, S, SC, SO and LA were
introduced. The V series featured a 4-cylinder Continental engine
and was an 18 hp tractor. The S series was a 2-plow tractor. The LA
was a 4-5 plow heavy standard tractor.

In 1942, the VA, VA1, VAO, VAC, VA1W-3 and VA1W-4 were
introduced. This was an improvement over the V series. It employed
the use of a Case engine. I owned a VA1W-3. This tractor was built
during WW Two to pull airplanes at the U. S. air bases. It had a
wheelbase of 54′. Overall length was 105′, width was
44′ and a height of 51′. It had a ground clearance of
6′. It went 13 mph and weighed 425 lbs. each. It had 6.00 x
9′ front tires and 7.50 x 16′ rear tires. There was no pto
or hydraulic available for the machine.

Case celebrated its centennial in 1942 with a pageant in Union
Grove, Wisconsin. They had a historical display in the July 4th
parade. Also eight combines in three styles were being offered for
sale in this year.

In 1947, Case bought three more factories. These were in
Stockton, California; Bettendorf, Iowa and Annis-ton, Alabama. The
one in Bettendorf is used to manufacture large combines, corn
harvesting equipment and hay balers. The other two plants are used
to manufacture items for local needs.

In 1953, Case introduced the 500 Diesel tractor. It was
acclaimed to be the best diesel on the market. In 1953, the last
threshing machine was produced by the Case Company. They also built
and sold a pilot run of a Case corn harvester. This machine picked
and shelled the corn. It also chopped the stalks and could put this
in a wagon.

In 1955, the 400 series was introduced. In 1956, the 300 series
which was a smaller tractor was introduced.

In 1957, the American Tractor Company was purchased and the line
of construction crawlers and tractors was added to the Case line.
The American Tractor Company started production of its GT-25
Terratrac in 1950. The Burlington plant was also used for building
crawler and utility tractors.

In 1958, Case started subsidiaries in Australia, Brazil, France
and England. And in 1959, the 800 and 100 self-propelled combines
were introduced. They also brought out some new Construction
lines.

In 1960, the 200 baler was introduced. In 1961, all construction
manufacture was moved to Burlington.

In 1962, the 600 self-propelled combine was introduced. Also in
this year the production was started on the 930 Comfort King.
‘King of the Six Plow Tractors.’ It had 81 horsepower.

In 1963, the 530 Construction King was placed in production.
Also the 1010 and 700 self-propelled combines were made. In this
year, Case also started production of a Launcher.

In 1964, the 900 self-propelled combine was built. Also the 1200
Traction King tractor was built. This was a 120 hp 4-wheel drive
machine. Case also purchased the Colt Manufacturing Company in this
year. The company was started in 1962. At that time they started
building a completely hydraulic drive garden tractor. In 1963,
seven and nine and one half hp tractors were placed in production.
Also they moved the company to Winneconne, Wisconsin. By 1965, five
models were in production. They ranged from 10 to 12
horsepower.

Until 1966, Case and Colt garden tractors were separate models,
but were produced in the Colt plant. By 1966 the demand was so
great for the Colt tractors that they were marketed by Case dealers
also.

In 1966, a new Forage Harvester was built. Also a new 400 hay
rake was built, as were the 1060, 960 and 660 self-propelled
combines.

The Terre Haute plant was purchased from the Allis Chalmers in
1966. They currently built the 680 cck loader-backhoe and the
W-26B, W-24, W-26LF, W-18 and W-20 articulated loaders. They employ
650 people and the grounds cover 220 acres.

In 1967, the 1030 tractor was added to the line. It is a 101.7
HP Also all of the Colt tractors were called Case. This same year
the Drott Company was purchased.

The Drott Company was started in 1925 by E. A. Drott in
Butternut, Wisconsin and was called Hi-Way Service Corp. The name
was changed in 1945 to Drott Manufacturing Corp. In the beginning,
they only built the Wausau snow plow.

In 1929, manufacture was started on hydraulic bulldozers for
crawler tractors. By 1936, an all-hydraulic power-tilt was being
used on these dozers.

In 1942, they built an all-hydraulic front end loader for
crawlers and in 1943 they built the Go-Devil one-ton crane.

In 1948, operations were moved to Wausau and in 1954 the first
Drott 4-in-I skid shovel was offered for sale.

In 1960, Drott bought Travelift and Engineering Company of
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. In 1962, they obtained exclusive rights to
manufacture Yumbo shovel-hoes which were quite popular in
Europe.

In 1967, Drott was purchased by Tenneco and made a subsidiary of
Case. Today they employ nearly 500 people.

In 1968, a new line of tool bars were added to the line. Also
two new pull type windrowers, the 555 and 575 were introduced.
Three new self-propelled windrowers were introduced. They were the
655, 955 and 1155. The 1660 and 1160 self-propelled combines were
also added in 1968.

Case has been sold since the early 1900s in Australia. In 1958
they purchased the Gemmel Tractor Company of New South Wales.
Shortly afterward, the Howard Auto Cultivator Company of Northmead
was purchased. Today they manufacture construction equipment and
also four wheel drive loaders. They now employ 360 people.

In 1969, the Colt Company was changed from a subsidiary of Case
to the Outdoor Power Equipment Division. Also during that year, J.
I. Case held its North American Dealer Congress. At this time, they
showed their new corporate symbol which is the Case name now
familiar on all Case machinery. By so doing they ended the 104 year
old symbol of Old Abe the Eagle. They also showed their new
tractors at this time. This is the Agri-King line. It includes the
following models: 470, 570, 870, 970, 1070 and 1470. They also put
on display the new engines, transmissions and cabs.

In 1970, two 7 hp tractors were added to the line. Also, in this
year the Rockford, Illinois plant was closed. It was closed because
of a significant decrease in sales, curtailment of production and
the changing product mix.

The Case crawlers were moved from Burlington, Iowa to
Bettendorf, Iowa. Bettendorf will build rubber-tired tractors. They
also build harvesting machinery .

Products from Rockford will be transferred. Four-wheel-drive
loaders will be made at Terre Haute, Indiana. The 1470 will be made
in Racine. The Uni-loader and 480ck will go to Burlington. Farm
implements will go from Rockford to Bettendorf.

In 1970, the 1170 was added. It is an 8 plow tractor.

In 1971, four new 10 through 14 HP tractors were added to the
growing Case line.

Case is now solely owned by Tenneco Inc. This has happened
gradually through stock trades. It started many years with Case
stock going to W. R. Grace and Co. Now however, Tenneco owns all of
Case.

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