Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc.

A Message From The President

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3510 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, Oregon 97303

Another Case happening this year will be the J.I. Case Heritage Foundation Expo, to be held in conjunction with the Great Oregon Steam-Up, Brooks, Oregon.

They are going to have a mini warm-up in June 1990 along with EDGE&-TA Branch 10. Branch 10 is hosting the 1990 National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association National Meeting and it will be held at Oak Creek, Wisconsin during the month of June 1990.

These events promise to be some of the best held with Case tractors and equipment being shown that are one of a kind and not normally seen at any other show. For instance, a Case Steam Car is being brought in from Australia and traction engine #711 will be present. Branch 15 of the EDGE&TA also holds their annual meeting in conjunction with the Great Oregon Steam-Up, and many members also help put the show on.

By being associated with the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, many members have had some unforgettable experiences. During the early seventies, a California branch was hosting the National during the summer, and it was exceptionally hot that year. Several people from other states were not acclimated to the heat and had problems. In the end, things worked out very well, and everyone had a great time.

Several years later the National was held in the mid-west. They had an unusually bad storm, and some members from the West Coast got caught in Kansas City in the flood. The water was so deep that it was running over the floorboards of the pickup. The natives of Missouri called it a 'GOOSE DROWNER'.

In the early eighties the National was held in the state of Washington close to the foot of Mt. St. Helens. This was shortly after the mountain had erupted. Several anxious moments occurred as the mountain was still spewing out a little ash. All in all, the past experiences should make very interesting reading should anyone put this history into print.

BRANCHES ACTIVITIES: Branch 15 was formed in the spring of 1971 and is located in the western part of Oregon. They are governed by three officers, a President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. For the most part, all decisions are made by the membership. They have get-togethers about every six weeks, and this rotates to a different member's place or meeting hall depending on the weather. The membership balances around 350 members and many of these members are very active in club functions. Their annual meeting and show is held in conjunction with the Great Oregon Steam-Up with many members participating in other events such as the Northwest Collectors Car Club shows. Their newsletter is called 'Backfire' and is published ten days to two weeks before a get-together.

BRANCH 21: This is one of the smallest branches we have with an annual membership of around 15. They were formed in 1985 and are located in the Klamath Falls, Oregon area. They sponsor an annual threshing show and several members also show at the local fair.