Left to right: John W. Davis, Buzz Nealeigh, Helen Case Brigham and Bruce Davit at the J. I. Case Collectors Association meeting.
20070 State Route 119 Maplewood, Ohio 45340
Chairman D. A. 'Buzz' Nealeigh opened the First Annual Winter Convention of the J. I. Case Collectors Association on March 23, 1985, in Sidney, Ohio. Approximately 50 people attended from 6 states, and their comments were in favor of continuing with the organization. This seemed to be a good turnout for the first time. Many replies were mailed back that they could not come to this meeting, but were planning to attend in July and would be supportive of the association. Several that attended brought displays. There were tools, toys, homemade models, literature, pictures, decals, a CC tractor, Old Abe and many other interesting items.
Mrs. Helen Case Brigham, great granddaughter of J.I. Case gave a brief history of her Case heritage. She also encouraged us to keep the new association going.
Comments from the floor were in favor of moving the show to different parts of the county each year. This would give everyone a chance to see different equipment and country. (Wives there is a chance for a vacation here) Also discussed was the possibility of publishing a new letter and trying to find someone to take on this task. Possibly the same person could be in charge of coordinating the association events along with a board of advisors. Dues were discussed, but no action was taken at this time.
As Case is being featured at the Darke County Steam Threshers Association Summer Show, to be held July 11, 12,13, and 14 in Greenville, Ohio, it was decided to hold another meeting then. Time and date will be announced later. A report was given on the different Case steam engines, tractors, auto and related equipment that is already committed to the show. An appeal was made to anyone that wished to bring any equipment to the show, and that some help with transportation of the rarer pieces will be available. This is an ideal place for a show. It has lots of shade, camping space, lunch stands, flea markets, gas and steam engines, tractors, just about everything. 'Old Abe' can really be put on display here, so lets get all our Case equipment and bring it to the show.
Thanks to all of you in our effort to get this organization started, by your letters, phone calls and those who attended. We will need all of your support to keep it going.