When Steam Was King CASE Was, Too!


| November/December 1983



Case Engine

131 Robin Road Blackwell, OK 74631

This 110 Case No. 29514 was formerly owned by Mr. Fighting Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. It is now owned by Cecil and Kennith Kelly, Pawnee, Oklahoma .The engine can be seen plowing each day at the 'Oklahoma Steam Threshers Show' in Pawnee pulling a twelve bottom John Deere plow.

Over the years I've spent many hours visiting with some of my old steam buddies about steam engines, threshing etc. A lot of these men have passed on. I've always respected their opinions and enjoyed the experiences they told me. Some of these men liked one make of engine by far the best. Some were Russell, Case, Reeves fans etc. One thing all had in common, they loved steam engines.

If a man owned or ran a Advance, Reeves, Case, Gaar Scott, Port Huron or whatever make and got along fine with the engine, it was hard to tell him there was a better make. Most engines in shape and with a good engineer, would put the power down to the separator and do a good job. Steam traction engines were used mostly for belt work. They threshed in the summer, then a lot went on to sawmills during the winter months.

Some engines were designed mostly for belt work. Then there were the all-around engines designed for both traction and belt. Then some big heavy engines were built mostly for plowing and heavy drawbar work.

A lot of eastern engines that did get out into this country in small numbers were well liked. Case was the most popular! Case built more than two times as many engines as any other manufacturer. Case separators threshed more bushels of wheat in Kansas than all other makes combined.