|Another Case steam engine project just arrived
in Andover, in time to be shown at the J
I Case Heritage Foundation International
Expo at the 2016 James Valley Threshing Show.
Art Fryslie's family owned this 80 HP Case
steam tractor since it was purchased by Art's
grandfather Alfred Fryslie, who sold it to
Art's father Lloyd Fryslie in the late 1960's.
Art purchased it from his father in 1983,
along with a 1914 Minneapolis Separator that
Alfred bought new in 1914. It has been in
storage in Art's barn ever since.
The engine was an important piece of the
history of the Fryslie family for a hundred
years, so parting with it was not easy. After
carefully considering how it could continue
to be a part of the history of this region,
Art offered it to the Kevin Anderson family
of Andover, to be restored and shown at future
James Valley Threshing shows. Scott Anderson
and his son Drake are taking on the Case
80 HP engine restoration project, and Kevin
will be restoring and showing the 1914 Minneapolis
Art describes steam threshing as it was done
by his family:
"My grandfather was a steam thresher
for many years. When the threshing crew moved
onto a farm, they stayed on that farm until
the grain was all threshed. There was a bunkhouse
pulled behind the separator that the bundle
haulers would stay in. Many of those bundle
haulers were itinerant workers that worked
the entire threshing run.
The crew consisted of 12 bundle haulers,
and a "spike pitcher" who stayed
at the separator and helped unload the bundle
racks. The person who hauled water to the
engine was called a "water monkey".
Another person's job was to run the separator.
It usually took two people to haul grain.
And then there was the engineer who ran the
steam engine. There was often one part-time
person who would haul coal for the engine.
If I remember right this type of harvesting,
as done by my grandfather, ended in the 1940's
when combines became popular."
The two families met at Art's farm to celebrate
the transfer, and ready
the equipment to
be moved on a flatbed truck
from Art's barn
to Andover. The preparation
process is shown
in these photos.
The 80 HP Case as it sat in Art's barn
Kevin starts to prepare it for moving.
The Anderson family
Art Fryslie's family
Ceremony transferring ownership from one
family to the other
Scott pondering the best way to get it done
Testing the steering
Chains attached, ready to move out of the
And up the ramp onto the truck bed
Ready to go
The Minneapolis Separator in
the barn, ready
Off to a new home