The July/August 2018 issue of Antique Power magazine will be available in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands soon. Our latest cover tractor is a 1929 Wallis 20-30, which is owned by Tom Jansen who lives north of Effingham, Illinois.
Wallis Certified Power
Tom Jansen did not get the tractor he wanted at an auction, but brought home a solid 1929 Wallis instead.
by Karen O'Brien, photos by Al Rogers
Jerome Increase Case was a legendary pioneer in the world of farm equipment. He left the state of New York in 1842 and eventually settled in Racine, Wisconsin. Case concentrated on perfecting the threshing machine and built up a company that would become known as the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co.
In 1876, Case formed a partnership with Ebenezer Whiting and opened a second company in Racine, the Case-Whiting Co. When Case bought out Whiting in 1878, he renamed the company the J.I. Case Plow Co., which became the J.I. Case Plow Works in 1884. In failing health, Case transferred management of the Plow Works to his son, Jackson I. Case in 1890.
Jerome Case died in 1891. With his passing, the family’s ownership in the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co. began to diminish. Much of the company’s stock was sold to outside interests.
The J.I. Case Plow Works steered clear of the corporate machinations surrounding the Threshing Machine Co. and became firmly rooted as a separate entity. In succeeding years, there was little interplay between the two companies with the Case name. In 1892, Jackson Case relinquished control of the Plow Works to his brother-in-law and Jerome’s son-in-law, Henry M. Wallis. The Plow Works made plows, of course, but also made farm wagons, planters, and other farm machinery.
To confuse matters further, Henry Wallis, in concert with Henry Wallis Jr., founded the Wallis Tractor Co. in Cleveland in 1912. While running the successful plow company, Wallis Sr. had initiated research efforts to produce a gasoline-powered tractor that would serve as an alternative to the large steam-powered tractors that were popular at the time.
To read more about our featured 1937 John Deere AOS, pick up a copy of the July/August 2018 issue of Antique Power magazine!
Other articles in this issue include:
- The Big Red Line - Bill Reymer’s 1966 Cockshutt Model 1950 honors his family’s commitment to Cockshutt equipment over the years. (by Rick Mannen, photos by Amy Reymer)
- A New Generation of Power - Bob Gauntt’s 1964 John Deere Model 1010 CA is a crawler tractor with rarity, styling, and stance. (by Candace Brown)
- The Great Minneapolis Line - The restoration of Tom May’s circa 1921 Minneapolis Model 22-44 tractor was a family affair. (by Ray Hoffman)
- When Green Turned Orange - Selwyn Larsen rescued the 1955 Allis-Chalmers Model CA that contains many fond memories of his parents’ farm. (by Selwyn Larsen)
- The Tractor That History Forgot - Dale Mercer’s 1970 CAST Model 435-L tractor is a rare Italian masterpiece that has proved to be a solid workhorse. (by Dale Mercer)
- City Meets Country - Mark Sullivan shares the encounters that spurred his interest in tractors and the hobby of collecting, restoring, and showing them. (by Mark P. Sullivan)
- The Book Shed: Reviews of tractor-related books
- Canada Connection: Sawyer-Massey’s Gold Medal Tractor (by Rick Mannen)
- Gallery: Fordson (by Rick Mannen)
- Letter from the Editor: Magic and Mystery (by Rick Mannen)
- Letters to the Editor
- Of Grease & Chaff: Mining Manure with the Poultry (by Ted Kalvitis)
- Photos from the Attic: John Deere BR (by Eric Mickelson)
- Tech Tips: “Wooden Distributor” Syndrome (by Ted Kalvitis, photos by Ellie Kenney)
- Tractor Show: Readers show off their favorites