204 East Melbourne Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland 20901
J. I. Case, one of America's foremost 19th Century inventors and manufacturers of farm machinery, is headed for induction into the National Agricultural Hall of Fame at Bonner Springs (near Kansas City) Kansas next October.
The inductee is generally recognized as the inventor of the modern threshing machine; founded the J. I. Case Company at Racine, Wisconsin, almost 150 years ago; became known worldwide as the 'Threshing Machine King'; and produced the first agricultural steam engine, which revolutionized agriculture on the North American prairie lands.
The induction ceremony will take place on Friday afternoon, October 20, and a whole weekend of activities to celebrate the event is being planned jointly by leaders of the Ag-Hall of Fame and the International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation. An opening event will be the Hall's annual 'Honor Farmer' Banquet on Friday evening.
A principal nominator of J. I. Case for the honor was Helen Case Brigham, of Silver Spring, Maryland, the inductee's great granddaughter who also is Secretary-Treasurer of the 1,600-member J. I. Case Heritage Foundation. L. Don Kabray of Overland Park, Kansas, a charter member of the Foundation and an active supporter of the Ag-Hall of Fame/National Farm Center, also strongly endorsed the nomination.
As he enters the Ag-Hall of Fame, J. I. Caseor 'old J. I.', as he is known to many followers of ag-heritage will be joining Cyrus McCormick, John Deere and a number of other persons who have previously been inducted in recognition of their contributions to the progress and development of agriculture in the United States. The business J. I. Case founded almost 150 years ago survives today as the Racine-based J. I. Case Company, an entity of the huge Tenneco Corporation of Houston, Texas.
For persons who may be interested in attending the induction or participating as exhibitors at the celebration, details of the events which will honor J. I., Case at the Ag-Hall of Fame will be provided as they become available in The Heritage Eagle, which is distributed quarterly to members of the J. I. Case Heritage Foundation (for information about Foundation membership, contact Helen Case Brigham, Secretary, Case Foundation, 204 East Melbourne Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20901).