My Iron-Man Friend


| September/October 1970

  • The Little Jewel
    Two VIP' sour fine editor and engineer, Elmer Rilzman, running the engine and Bill Berkheimer, another expert engineer and restorer of all types of machinery. This was a great day running The Little Jewel followed by a picnic and get-together with many of
    William Berkheimer
  • 6 HP Case portable
    Here is William Berkheimer's rebuilt Ford truck, ready to start back from Mora, Minnesota with Bill's 6 HP Case portable, March 21, 1968. Courtesy of William Strayer, R. D. 1, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania 17019
    William Berkheimer
  • Korn Krib
    Here is Elmer in the Korn Krib at Easter Time in 1968. Picture was taken by Raymond H. Knierman. Courtesy of Raymond H. Knierman, 435 West Erie Street, Linesville-, Pa. 16424
    William Berkheimer
  • William Strayer
    William Strayer on Ed Yeager's farm near Wellsville. (I'm not sure who sent this photo in but I think it was Mr. Strayer. Anyhow, it is a perfect picture in my estimation for a harvest issue - too tall for the cover though. I think it is a great shot thou
    William Berkheimer

  • The Little Jewel
  • 6 HP Case portable
  • Korn Krib
  • William Strayer

R. D. 1, Dillsburg, Penna.

First, a few lines to introduce Mr. William Berkheimer, who is the Iron-Man in this story.

Mr. Berkheimer was born on one of the cleanest and well kept farms in the Cumberland Valley north of the Williams Grove Park, then after the passing of his parents, he took over, but now his son and grandson have taken over the farm operation.

The Berkheimers were one of the first to use gas tractors and always were Case men, often rebuilding what most men considered junk, into a like new machine and would use it for many years serving as a new machine.



As long as the writer has known of the Berkheimer farm, one of the most used buildings contained a modern shop, well equipped with most all the tools required for machinery maintenance and rebuilding.

At one of the early Rough & Tumble Steam Shows held at the Arthur S. Young show grounds in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the steam bug laid a nit somewhere around Mr. Berkheimer's head and from it developed a new Case steam bug.



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