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80 HP CASE 1916 STEAM ENGINE RESTORATION
From the Art Fryslie Family to the Kevin Anderson Family


80 HP Case Steam Engine restoration project
80 HP Case Steam engine in storage in Art Fryslie's barn


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 Separator.

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."

HAULING IRON

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.

All clear

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 barn

And up the ramp onto the truck bed

Made it!

Ready to go

The Minneapolis Separator in the barn, ready to move

Off to a new home


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