The Rough & Tumble Threshermen’s Reunion held each
August in Kinzers, Pennsylvania, always draws a big crowd to see
how things were done with steam power. The photos above show some
of the attractions at past shows.
Art Brigham, late husband of well-known Helen Case Brigham
(great-granddaughter of J.I. Case), was quite a photographer, and
quite a booster of the merits of Case equipment. Here, a selection
of his photos taken in 1990 at various engine shows combines the
best elements of ‘Brig’s’ two hobbies.
Pouring on the coal during a run on the Baker Fan at the Mount
Pleasant show is Bob Higdon of New London, Iowa, with his 1917 40
HP Case steamer.
Kitten steam engine and Kitten thresher (small hay stack!?!) at
Henry Kitten’s place in Lawrence, Nebraska, about 1912. Photo
courtesy of Jerry Kitten, Henry Kitten’s great-grandson.
This photo was taken at the Pioneer Acres of Alberta Show at
Langdon, Alberta, in 1979.
The Case steamer is on a lowboy trailer. The working crew, from
top left corner, is made up of Mick Smeltzer, Doug Hartley, Keith
Even-son, Tom Anderson, and Eric Schwesinger, and in the bottom
row, Orval Johnson, Ian Hartley, Buster Garriot, and Harry
The owner of this ‘toy’ was Tom Anderson.
Photograph from the collection of the late Arlo Jurney.