1923 Case Steam Engine

Bob Rhode -- Cincinnati, OH

1923 Case Steam Traction Engine1923 65 horsepower Case, serial number 35654

This fine example of a late model Case traction engine is owned by Bob Rhode of Springboro, Ohio, a professor at Northern Kentucky University (rhode@nku.edu). He has published a hundred articles and two books on steam power.

The engine was sold by the Mountain Dew Coal Company in Lexington, Kentucky.

Arch Hager bought it from them and took it to the mountains of eastern Kentucky where it powered a sawmill. The engine then returned to the Case dealership in Louisville, Kentucky. A new set of grates was poured at the Brown Foundry there. They are still with the engine, although several have been installed.

Joe Peel of Nicholasville, Kentucky, bought the engine to run a rock crusher. Eventually he sold it to brothers Cecil and Vernon Johnson.

In 1968, Howard M. Dunn of Mount Orab, Ohio, purchased it. He restored it, and it was the steamer that started the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show at Georgetown, Ohio. After his death, his son Lloyd and grandson Kevin continued to exhibit the engine.

Bob Rhode bought it in 1994. It was then hauled to Odell, Illinois, where brothers Jim and John Haley fully restored it over a four-year period. It was shown at the Will County (Illinois) Threshermen's Association show and the Central States Threshermen's Reunion at Pontiac, Illinois. At Pontiac it pulled 106 horsepower on the Prony brake with John Haley as engineer. Most recently, Bob has completed another restoration and has exhibited the engine at the Clinton County Corn Festival, where the Dunns formerly showed the engine.

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