1991 LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show Report

| June/July 1992

Rt. 1, Box 139, LeCenter, MN 56057

The 18th annual LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show was held August 23-25, 1991 on the club's permanent show grounds, six miles east of LeSueur, Minnesota.

The big highlight for the '91 show was the hosting of the J. I. Case Collectors Association summer convention. It was truly a privilege to work with the board and officers of the JICCA in setting up the '91 convention.

Over 80 Case tractors were on display. This included several related company tractors such as Heider, Rock Island, Wallis, and Little Bull. It also included the three late model Case IH units. Of the older Case tractors, we had a 10-20 three-wheeler, a 12-25 two-cylinder opposed, and a 20-40. Also there were seven crossmotor models, ranging in size from 10-18 up through the 25-45. A nice variety of 1920s, '30s, '40s, '50s, and '60s tractors were in the line-up. There were orchard, high crop, industrial, older, low-hour, and crawler models present.  

Seven Case steam engines were in operation, including 30, 40, 50, two 65's, a 75, and an 80 HP size. In the field, we threshed with three Case separators, a 36 x 58 wing feeder, a 28 x 46 steel machine, and a 24 x 42 wood 'agitator' that was powered by a five-team Case Woodbury horse sweep. This latter combination proved to be a real crowd pleaser. Another separator that was the center of attention was a 1948 Case 22 x 37 machine that is still brand new, never used, and still in the shipping stage. The Case dealer in New Prague, Minnesota ordered this machine in 1948, and it never sold. The separator sat in a barn ever since and was sold at auction this past August to one of our Pioneer Power members, who in turn donated it to our organization. Plans are to leave this machine just as it is.

Other displays in the Case building included a 1914 Case touring car, the 20-40 and 10-20 three-wheel Case tractors, and several other nicely restored tractors. There were models and a display of Case cast iron seats and corn planter lids, Case walking plows and Case memorabilia in good quantity. A variety of Case toys and scale model units were also displayed along with a Case horse-drawn mower. Three large Case eagles were in evidence.


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