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The J. I. Case Collector's Association Summer Show and Convention was held at the Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Portland, Indiana, August 27 through 30th, 1992. This is the largest show east of the Mississippi that I have ever attended. Gas engines are displayed by the thousands, and tractors by the hundreds. It seemed that every parts dealer and jobber in the country were there displaying their items for sale. Also there were many dealers with machine sales brochures, parts books, operator manuals, plus a huge flea market with fine antique furniture and related items and many crafts displays for the ladies' enjoyment.
This being the 150th year for the J.I. Case Company, Case machinery was featured. The Case display was overwhelming, with credit going to D. A. 'Buzz' Nealeigh and Paul Klingel, both of whom spent many hours and miles hauling the heavier units to the show. There were 12 Case steam engines, four Case cars, over 100 Case tractors, and many pieces of related implements. Models of steam engines, 20-40 tractors, a cross motor tractor, 1200 Case tractor and threshing machines were also on display. There were Emerson Brantingham, Rock Island and Heider, which are all related to Case by buyouts over the years.
Some of the outstanding pieces were: a steam engine built before 1900; a 30-60 tractor hauled in from Rollag, Minnesota for this show; a CC high crop tractor; a CC with electric starter; an RC with adjustable wide front end; an SC-4 and a DC high crop tractor just to mention a few.
The show started on Thursday, which was a cloudy day. By early afternoon it began to rain and, after over an inch of rain came down, you can imagine what kind of shape the parking lot and grounds were in. Despite the rain, the crowds were large all three days. The tent at the Case display was always bustling with activity and 150 years of Case memorabilia was selling very well.
Friday afternoon the sun was shining and the grounds began to dry out a little.
Saturday the crowds were huge, traffic was backed up for miles, and it took some anxious spectators over an hour to get on the grounds. In the afternoon, the Case Collectors were honored to have Mr. Edward Campbell, president of the J.I. Case Company, Ellen Robinson, and Rick James, from Case, fly into Portland from Racine, Wisconsin to visit the Case exhibit. They were met and given a ride to the Case display in a Case car. They spent several hours talking with collectors and looking over the engines and tractors. Mr. Campbell seemed to get lost in the crowd and was seen riding on some of the tractors and engines.
Saturday evening the J. I. Case Collectors held their annual summer meeting and banquet at Bear Creek Farms, just a few minutes from the show grounds. This event was well attended with over 200 members present. People from as far away as England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and our neighbors from Canada, were present.
Sunday morning brought another nice day, and the last day of the show; many folks started packing up for the trip back home.
Our next meeting will be at Evansville, Indiana on March 19 and 20, 1993, with a tour of collections in that area, a Case parts auction and our annual winter membership meeting. Hope to see many of you there!