Rough and Tumble Report 1988


| January/February 1989


233 Country House Road Clarkboro, New Jersey 08020

'Man is civilized only when he remembers his yesterdays and dreams of the tomorrows', writes a man named Andrew Thomas. Well, R & T men were very civilized at the 40th Reunion and J. I. Case Exposition, and one could not frown upon the exhibit they promoted. So many folks came from far away places to witness this show of agricultural power; from the smallest to the large 110HP of Mr. Abell's. As for the dreams of tomorrow, we will need another 10 acres of ground for future expositions such as this. Along the top fence by the entrance we flew the state flags of each state and of the Canadian Provinces also.

All Case equipment was placed in one area and making a left from the main entrance you came upon the Case Expo tent. Inside was much literature and artifacts of the Case Company supervised by Helen Case and her husband. On display also, under the tent, was a large model of a farm complete with houses, barns, etc. and a Case threshing rig in miniature. I have an idea that this display is the work of Mr. Hilliker and was featured in an article in this magazine Sep./Oct. '88 issue. Sitting on the ground were 2'-scale, 3'-scale, 4'- scale and a half-size traction engine. There were also others steamed up that participated in the parade of power. One engineer carried his little dog with him. It appeared not to mind the smoke and oil.

Leaving Helen's tent you came upon the long row of steamers. First was a very old portable and a slightly newer one and I have no information of either. Next was the Kinzer old faithful, a 12HP center crank Case of 1894. I like all that fancy casting work around the gear train. The line then carried on from the 30HP to the large 110HP of Mr. Abell's. Two other large engines were J. Degans 1910, 75HP from Southampton, Long Island and Leroy Walkers 80HP 1914, from Glen Rock, PA.

Turning by the coal pile and on the other side of the driveway were the gas jobs. There were quite a few of them, some of them absolutely immaculate, from the one wheel in the front jobs and the cross motors, to those types that still carried the resemblance to a traction engine. Please excuse my ignorance of the different models, I'm more at home with steam rollers.

Upon seeing the 150HP Case boiler exhibited by the gentleman from Illinois, I cannot help but wonder at the immense size this engine must have been. A 110HP is a large machine but this must have been half as big again. In this magazine of Mar./Apr. '87 issue, Mr. Hedtke wrote quite an article on the history of this relic including the specs and measurements. Out of the nine that were built, it is a great shame that this boiler is the only remaining piece of these massive machines. I spoke with Mr. Hedtke and made fun of that spacious firebox being used as a motel room. Three whistles were mounted on top of the dome but sad to say, this boiler will never again make steam enough to blow them.






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