Jerome Case started his company in Rochester, Wisconsin in 1842. He began to manufacture threshers. In 1853 Case accepted 3 partners to form J.I. Case & Company. Their Eagle Trademark, “Old Abe”, was adopted in 1865 and is patterned after a bald eagle that served in the Civil War as a mascot.
Case built their first steam engine in 1869 which was moved around by horses. This engine is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.. By 1876 they had developed their first steam traction engine.
The first Case farm tractor appeared on the scene in 1892. By the turn of the century Case was the most prolific North American builder of engines: these ranged in size from the diminutive 9 HP, to the standard 15, 25, 30, 40, 50, 65 HP and up to the plowing 75 and 80 HP sizes.
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