Down Texas Way

| May/June 1993

  • Ray Ellison's 20-40 Case
    Helen Case Brigham beside Ray Ellison's 20-40 Case.
  • 270 HP Fairbanks-Morse
    Robert and Bill Hensarling's 270 HP Fairbanks-Morse.

  • Ray Ellison's 20-40 Case
  • 270 HP Fairbanks-Morse

420 Lori Lynn Schertz, Texas 78154

The Fredericksburg, Texas Antique Tractor & Gas Engine club hosted its seventh annual show in very nice weather on June 27 and 28, 1992, this year featuring Case tractors in honor of their 150th anniversary. The Case lineup sported many fine examples, starting with some of the oldest: a sharp looking 40 HP Case steamer belonging to Bill Scripps, and a nicely restored 20-40 Case by Ray Ellinson of Kerrville, and ending with a new 7120 Magnum shown by the Fredericksburg Equipment Company.

We were very proud to have in attendance Helen Case Brigham, the great-grandaughter of the company's founder, J. I. Case. This grand lady seemed to really enjoy herself as she did not hesitate to jump aboard some of those huge, old behemoths and wheel them down the parade route. Helen was promoting the Case Heritage Foundation, of which we have an area representative, Harry Seidensticker.

I must mention all the other makes and their attending enthusiasts, close to 80 or so tractors, all ranging from shiny, new polish to retired working clothes.

To go along with the antique tractor pulls, we tried something new this year a kiddie pedal-power pull-sled event. It brought many smiles to old and young alike. You just wouldn't believe those straining little faces determined to get those ribbons.

Steam powered wheat threshing was demonstrated by the Albert Meier/Bill Scripps crew. This was followed by horse-drawn baling by James Ottmers of Fredericksburg.