TRACKING DOWN JACOB PRICE


| January/February 1982



Who was Jacob Price? In the May-June 1981 IMA we showed a picture of an engine which had been made for him by the J I Case Threshing Machine Co., and we asked for information on him.

He was really a pioneer in farm machinery production, and we now know more about him because of a letter from Paul Reno, of Oakland, Calif., plus study of the Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines, by Jack Norbeck.

Reno wrote us:

'I have always wondered and wanted to know more about Jacob Price, as I have been around machinery all my life and heard of Daniel Best, Ben Holt and Jake Price.

'Probably what Jacob Price was best noted for was his invention, The Petaluma Hay Press. There is still one here in the Oakland City Museum and a much larger one at the Mendicino County Fair Grounds in Boonville, Calif. They are all wood and blacksmith forged iron . . .

'I live about 5 miles of where his shop was, which is still today doing business as the Caterpillar Tractor Co., San Leandro.