Largest Display Of Vintage Case Equipment


| December/January 1990



Case D and Case wagon

Case D and Case wagon with sign greeted visitors to the 6th annual JICCA show.

2200 Fairmount Rd., Hampstead, Maryland 21074

More than 125 pieces of J.I. Case equipment were at the affair on August 18-19, 1990 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, Maryland. This year's event was the first time the J.I. Case Collectors Association has ever met in the East and the first time an all J.I. Case only show has ever been held. The weather was perfect, the spacious grounds of the Farm Museum provided an ideal setting to display and demonstrate vintage farm equipment, the attendance was good with an estimated 2000 people each day, and there was a wide variety of Case equipment.

The event was hosted by Case collectors in the Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware area who several years ago invited the JICCA to have their 6th annual summer convention in the East. The equipment on display was not limited to those states as there were tractors or displays from West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan.

The collectors were most impressed by the wide variety of equipment. At many shows there may be lots of steam engines or lots of cars or lots of tractors but they had never seen a show before that had as many different items built by the Case Company. There were steam engines, cars, tractors, plows, wagons, hammer mill, silo filler, corn and grain binders, garden tractors, power units, cultivators, and four threshing machines. Combines were on hand too; a 1926 model B prairie type, an A6 pull type, and a 600 self-propelled. Horse drawn equipment included a grain drill, mower, riding cultivator, and a manure spreader. There was a Case dozer and several Case industrial tractors. There was working scale model equipment too. A half scale model 25-45 made and exhibited by Milt Deets of Ohio was one of the star attractions of the show. A scale model sawmill owned and operated by Gilbert Wisner, president of the Maryland Steam Historical Society, created a lot of excitement. Ronnie Smith's scale Case steam engine also brought lots of applause from the crowd during the parade which was held each day. In the headquarters pavilion there were two four foot cast iron eagles standing guard and several large dealer signs on display. Inside there were Case toys, some one of a kind and handmade. There were also scrapbooks, Case literature, photos, and other Case memorabilia. Case tee shirts, hats, and other items were offered for sale.

Dave Reed was in charge of a general and craft flea market but most of the Case people seemed to hang around the ones that had Case only stuff. Saturday afternoon's all Case auction saw an SO from Virginia and a DO from West Virginia find new homes as well as a load of cross motor parts from Virginia and various other parts from Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Some of the exhibits were rare and the first time ever seen at a Case show anywhere. One such piece was a 1915 10-20 three wheel tractor with a Case 40 engine. There were only 203 of these tractors ever made and this one is one of perhaps only two in existence today. It was shown by Jim Suter of Virginia. In the Case car lineup was a 1922 Case Touring owned by Joe Henriques of Maryland and a 1924 Suburban Coupe with a fresh restoration by Herb Wessel of Maryland, Leo Hissong, the Case car historian, announced at the banquet that this car's original owner was a chief engineer of the J.I. Case Company. Space does not permit mention of all the nice cross motor tractors but among the ten on the field a nice 10-18 by Dan Spampinato of Maryland and a 15-27 from Gary Lineweaver of Virginia stand out. There was quite a line up of the light and dark grey series tractors, a big flock of the flambeau red ones including a high crop version of the DC and the VAC, and several desert sunset series tractors.