Past and Present


| March 2006


Larry Campbell, 302 Blake Road, Toledo, WA 98591, sends us a photo of a working 1906 12-36 HP Case, 8-1/4-by-10-inch. Larry writes:

Enclosed is a photo of Fred Schulz of Woodland, Wash., hooked to the pulling sled at the 41st Annual Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing Bee, Aug. 27-28, 2005. Fred took time from his threshing duties both Saturday and Sunday. What a crowd pleaser this was.


Gary Yaeger, 1120 Leisha Lane, Kalispell, MT 59901 (e-mail: touches on his specialty - Reeves. Gary writes:

Emerson-Brantingham bought out Reeves & Co. and took their plant operations over on Jan. 1, 1912. They rode Reeves & Co.'s popularity as a formidable competitor as a plowing engine manufacturer … for a time. I have discussed the situation of the sale with Lyle Hoffmaster on a couple of occasions. He and I concur regarding a theory in which we believe Marshall Truman Reeves had his finger on the prairie breaking/plowing engine market. We believe he saw, or felt, something coming that young Brantingham didn't recognize. The prairie was, for all intents and purposes, broke and the need for huge engines doing the work was vanishing.

After all, J.I. Case never built another 110 HP Case after 1913. Nobody knows for sure, but I'd bet Reeves built very few 32 HP and 40 HP engines, if any, after 1913. I believe they had plenty of them in stock to supply the needs of any future sales.

Reeves had some high (8000-plus) serial numbers; including a 40 HP Reeves purportedly sold to Fred Eggelston at Roundup, Mont., with a serial number over 8000. Hoffmaster learned that Reeves (EB) would serial number (some?) engines as they were sold and removed from the shed in the back lot. That may explain a 40 Reeves with a serial number over 8000. Hoffmaster stated other new engines were scrapped when their demand had dropped off.