R. 2, Box 168, Yorkville, Illinois
W. C. Bieritz writes…….
This is a picture of a 22-40 Case on rubber that I brought home
from Waupaca, Wisconsin. My older son, David, is on the
My desire to own one of these started about 35 years ago when my
father bought a Case 15-27 from Jack Kennel berry, then located in
Minooka, Illinois. At that time, Jack told my Dad that if his 10
year old son couldn’t crank that 15-27 and start it he would
buy the boy a new suit of clothes. Well, when my older brother
drove it home from Minooka, Jack was at our place waiting, and of
course, I had to try it on the crank right away. It started on the
first pull-up on the crank so Mr. Kennel berry didn’t have to
buy me a new suit.
Then a few years later, about the time I was in high school, I
got a chance to drive a 2545 Case on the Kendall Township road
grader. This was an awfully rough ride. It had steel wheels with
road cleats. Still, with all the bumping and jarring, I enjoyed
every mile of the driving. We used to pull some pretty good sized
hedge stumps out with this 2545.
One time we got stuck in some soft wet clay off the side of the
road. We were stuck but with some patience, chains, planks and
posts the old 25-45 pulled herself out. Even after all this trouble
and rough riding I still got one and I do wish it was on steel
instead of rubber.