Antique farm tractor: Jerome Increase Case started his company in Rochester, Wisconsin in 1842. He soon moved to Racine, Wisconsin where he began to manufacture threshers. In 1853, J.I. 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. By 1876 they had developed their first steam traction engine.
The first Case farm tractor appeared on the scene in 1892.