The Case

By Staff
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My neighbor's threshing rig which operated with twin belts and two pulleys on the machine. The old man with long hair on his face is the one that got the rig and his name is Knute Broughton of Minneota, Minnesota
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Case 65 (and me) at a little Steam-up in Enid, Oklahoma in 1953. It was like old times and I really enjoyed it.

I am enclosing a photo stat copy of a letter dated October 12,
1907 that I found in the personal effects of my late father. I
thought you might find it interesting. The copy isn’t too good
because the paper was so old it broke into pieces when I unfolded
it. To me, there are three interesting items in the letter, i.e.,
(1) announcing the new steel Case separator; (2) improved steel
engine tender and (3)the new 32 h.p. steam engine.

My father brought the first steam traction engine to our part of
Texas in the 80’s – it was a 12 h.p. Case center crank engine
and a wooden Case agitator separator. About the time this letter
was written, he purchased a 15 h.p. Case engine with the tender
mentioned in the letter. The tender was a round affair holding
eight or ten barrels of water and 600 or 800 pounds of coal on top.
It was mounted on two wheels similar to separator wheels. Each
wheel was on a stub axle to which a steel rod was attached,
extending along the side of the firebox of the engine. This was
supposed to make the tender follow exactly in the engine tracks and
it did – so long as the engine was going forward. But when you
started to back up, it was something else. Incidentally, there is a
picture of a Case engine with this tender in the T. H. Smith’s
fine ‘Album of Steam Traction Engines’. When I was old
enough to start firing the Case (about 1914), I had trouble in
trying to set the engine. So I would take off from the separator in
a circle and come in facing the separator to avoid trying to back
that D- tender. We finally took the tender off and mounted tanks
and coal box on the platform. Sometime later Case came out with the
contractor’s bunkers on their engines. These, in my opinion,
were the best bunker arrangements on any of the various makes of
steam engines I have handled.

The Case 32 h.p. mentioned, became the famous 110 in the years
that followed. We never owned one but they were fine engines.

After the Case 15 h.p., my father had an 18 h.p. tandem compound
Advance to a 32 inch Case steel separator and a 22 h.p. simple
Advance to a 36 inch Case Steel separator. In the years before
World War I, we used to have long runs but after the War the gas
tractors began to show up with small separators and cut up the
runs. Our last season was in 1925 with our rigs but I continued
running an engine as late as 1929. I threshed as far north as
Carrington, N. D., several seasons and have handled a number of
different makes of engines. They were all good but I am partial to
the Advance. It was powerful and easy to handle and keep up.

Every year at Harvest time I long for the smell of coal smoke
and hot cylinder oil. I feel a little sorry for those who have
never had the experience of threshing with steam. I enjoy every
issue of your magazine. It brings back the days of my youth very
vividly.

The best of luck to you and may you never cease to print the
Iron-Men Album.

E. J. MATHEWS, 1609 Lenox Road N.E., Atlanta, Georgia

J.I.CASE THRESHING MACHINE CO., Home Office & Factory,
Racine, Wis., Dallas, Texas, Oct. 12, 1907

G. T. Matthews, Vernon, Texas

Dear Sir:-

The Texas State Fair and Exposition, which opens here October
19th and closes November 3rd, promises to be the best Fair that has
ever been held. We hope that you will be here during the Fair, and
we believe you will find much to amuse and interest you. We extend
to you a very cordial invitation to visit our exhibit while at the
Fair; make same your headquarters, have your friends meet you
there.

We do not want you to fail to see our new building, which is the
ONLY COMPLETE, UP-TO-DATE THRESHING MACHINERY BUILDING IN THE
STATE. We are sure you will be interested looking over this
building, as it is equipped with all the LATEST AND MOST MODERN
DEVICES FOR HANDLING MACHINERY AND REPAIRS, and has THE LARGEST
FREIGHT ELEVATOR IN THE SOUTHWEST.

We will show you, at our building and at our exhibit on the Fair
Grounds, the VERY LATEST THINGS, such as our NEW ALL STEEL CASE
LARGE CYLINDER SEPARATOR, WITH ADJUSTABLE SIEVES, CASE ALL STEEL
LATEST IMPROVED SELF FEEDER, CASE ALL STEEL LATEST IMPROVED WIND
STACKER, CASE ALL STEEL LATEST IMPROVED WEIGHERS AND BAGGERS.CASE
PEANUT SEPARATOR, CASE LATEST IMPROVED METAL FRAME 
DINGEE-WOODBURY HORSE POWER, CASE LATEST IMPROVED SIDE CRANK SPRING
MOUNTED TRACTION ENGINE, CASE LATEST IMPROVED STEEL ENGINE TENDER,
CASE LATEST IMPROVED STEEL WATER TANK, CASE LATEST IMPROVED STEEL
PLOW ATTACHMENT, CASE LATEST IMPROVED 32 HORSE POWER FREIGHT &
PLOW ENGINE, and THRESHERMAN’S SUPPLIES.

See the WONDERFUL FEAT PERFORMED BY THE CASE ENGINE CLIMBING THE
INCLINE. It is something that will astonish you.

We expect to give a souvenir to each farmer or thresherman who
visits our exhibit at the Fair Grounds or our new building, during
the Fair.

You will find our exhibit on Machinery Row at the Fair Grounds,
and our building is at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Austin
Street, extending through to Ross Avenue.

Yours truly, J.I.Case Threshing Machine Co., (s) W. C. Lemmon,
Gen. Agt.

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