The Passing of a Steam Giant


| May/June 1994



Joe E. Richardson

The late Joe E. Richardson, a giant in our steam engine world.

712 Chaps Road, S.E.Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124

Our steam engine world lost a giant with the passing of Joe E. Richardson, 86, of Orofino, Idaho, who died of pneumonia May 27, 1993. He will be sadly missed by his many friends across the nation and Canada. Reference is made to Joe's obituary previously published in this magazine.

Joe was raised on a farm. He was a rather shy person who did not care for publicity or to have his picture taken. When Joe was four years old, he walked into a blacksmith shop where a flying metal splinter hit his eye resulting in the removal of his right eyeball.

His father had a Case 75 HP steam engine and a 30-60 Aultman Taylor gas tractor which were used for threshing and other farm work. Joe was fond of the old Aultman Taylor tractor; therefore, a 30-60 HP 1913, Model #578 was rebuilt, restored and added to the collection at considerable expense.

Joe and his son, Dale Richardson, have one of the finest collections of late model Case steamers ever assembled. Other than the Case portable, all engines have butt-strap boilers. The collection was started in 1961 and consists of: Case 110, 1913, Serial #29572; Case 80, 1917, Serial #34387; Case 65, 1916, Serial #33319; Case 50, 1920, Serial #35108; Case 6 portable, 1909, Serial #10273.

They also have a 2' scale model 1915 Case 65 steam traction engine from Tiny Power, built by Charles Arnold, which is a real 145 lb. working jewel.