J. I. Case Collector's Association Winter Convention

1917 Case Tractor

Norm Meinert's 1917 Case 12-25.

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The J. I. Case Collector's Association held its annual Winter Convention at Rockford, Illinois on March 27 and 28, 1992.

Members from across North America began gathering the evening of the 26th. Friday morning began at 9:00 with a bus tour of Rockford and points of interest for the women. At the same time the men began a drive-yourself-tour to George Hedtke's Oaks Farm to see one of the largest Case collections in the country. George started collecting in 1953 and has collected Case steam engines from a small portable to the huge 110 HP Case, many threshers of all sizes, tractors and related equipment.

Then on to Norm Meinert's collection of Allis Chalmers, one of the most complete in the country. But Norm has one Case, a 12-25 two cylinder in beautiful original condition, and it ran perfectly.

Friday evening everyone gathered in the hospitality room at our motel for an interesting talk by George Hedtke on the J. I. Case Co., with slides and pictures. Several vendors had tables set up with caps, T-shirts, plaques, parts and literature books, toys, parts etc. for sale.

At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, an auction of parts, memorabilia, books, etc., was conducted with Col. Ed Evans, preacher Axthelm and Jerry Eirckson in charge. This has become a popular part of our conventions. Saturday evening a banquet was served with over 200 members and guests attending. The membership meeting was called to order by president Fred Buckert. Representatives from the J. I. Case Company were present and told of plans for the 150th year of Case celebration and they unveiled the logo for this event for the first time. This was a real crowd pleaser. The highlight of the evening was the drawing for the large cast iron eagle. The lucky number belonged to Georgia Gamm of Bowling Green, Missouri.

The J.I.C.C.A. will hold its Summer Convention at Portland, Indiana in conjunction with the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, August 26 through 29. The J.I.C.C.A. is also invited to take part in WMSTR's 150 year celebration of Case at Rollag, Minnesota over Labor Day weekend.