RECOLLECTIONS OF A LEGEND

WALT SPREEMAN REMEMBERS ...


| January/February 1989



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Walter Spreeman, in 1928 at age 10 (on the engine).

204 East Melbourne Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland 20901

Reprinted by permission from The Heritage Eagle, quarterly publication of the International J.I. Case Heritage Foundation.

Foreword: Walter Spreeman was born on a family farm in Alberta in 1917. His dad was a thresherman who instilled in his son a love for Case engines and machines which has thrived for 70 years. Walt Spreeman remembers. He is a living and breathing product of western Canada's agricultural (& Case) heritage and has some vintage photos to prove it! by Walter Spreeman

The name 'CASE' has thrilled me since I was a little boy and sat on Dad's old 1908 25-75 engine while he threshed every fall. Engine No. 19924 and a 36-58 thresher did the job for him. Dad told me both this engine and the separator were in the Calgary Alberta Fair in 1908.

My Dad, Allan Spreeman, was born in 1882 in Ontario, Canada. He had a Robert Bell Steam Engine there which he used on the corn cutters they used to fill the 40-foot tall silos and also did threshing. It was all barn threshing in those days in Ontario. The shocks were hauled into the large barns and could be threshed any time all winter. The threshing machine was backed right into the barn and the straw carriers elevated the straw to a vacant part of the loft. The boys had to keep the straw away from the carrier and tramp it. What a hot, dusty job that was for young fellows! The men fed the machine and one was a band cutter. No automatic feeders or blowers in those days!

Dad went west in 1906. In Alberta, steam engineers needed a license so Dad had to write for his. He never got out of grade two in school as he had to work. His mother had died when he was four years old and his stepmother was pretty tough to live with (she had caused the death of her first husband by pouring hot water on him. He was sick and in bed for a few days and she got the idea that he was lazy and not sick. He was dead in two days).