| August/September 1988

4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424

A large group of enthusiastic Case Equipment Collectors from all over the U.S. and Canada gathered at the Holiday Motel in Burlington, Iowa, on the weekend of March 5, 1988. The club members were to be the guests of the Case Company at the backhoe factory.

Some of the collectors, who were eager to see old friends and to meet new acquaintances, arrived on Wednesday. Warren and Shirley Kemper and Mark and Melinda Kemper were grateful for any help with the pre-arrangements. The Kempers, who were taking time away from their large pig operation, were fine hosts and hostesses.

These engine and machinery collector clubs prefer to have meetings and get-togethers where most of the members can be accommodated. Having the meetings in the Midwest where most of the collectors are seems to be a good idea.

Some collectors drove Thursday to Wapello, Iowa to the home of Gary Spitznogle. This extensive collection of beautifully restored Hart-Parr tractors was quite impressive. From here, the group moved to the home of a neighbor who collected crawler tractors. Then it was on down the road to Kempers where the visitors went from building to building looking at the many pieces of Case equipment. Warren's hogs will not get their full measure of attention when he begins the restoration of the Case VO and VI he recently brought home. After all this looking it was into Shirley Kemper's domain for refreshments and later dinner.

The Holiday dining room was full early Friday morning as people had been arriving all night. The blizzard and ice storm covered a large area east and south of Peoria, but this didn't turn people back-just slowed them down. Bill Sheard and Dave Erb from southern Ohio told about the problems they had getting there. Eldon Wilson who came 1200 miles from Glenbain, Canada, didn't have any problems. Ed Axhelm was easy o identify in his bright orange Case shirt and cap. Ed was breakfasting with Ed Evans who came with him from Ohio.