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Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion
Don Bradley (left) was my grandpa's best friend and a fellow steam engine enthusiast.  It was Don who got Grandpa interested in the old tractors. This Case 10-30 was found by Don on the bank of the Yellowstone River near Rosebud, Montana. He wanted to rescue it, but the owner found out that Don already had several steam engines and wanted someone else to have it.  So, Don talked my grandfather into going out and rescuing the engine.  He subsequently restored it and operated it at the Rosebud County Fair for many years.

As part of WMSTR's 150th Anniversary Case Exposition in 1992, Don went over the engine piece by piece and restored it to showroom condition. It was trucked to Rollag for the show, where Don operated it each day of the reunion. In 2006, WMSTR held another Case exposition, so the 30 was trucked over to Rollag again. This picture was taken at the 2006 show.

Above: A rare Case 110 steamer sits idle while an even rarer Case Road Roller passes by. At left, the vintage Merry-Go-Round (steam-driven, of course) delights kids of all ages.

Right: A half-scale Case steam engine passes by the Villaume building. The small Case is a sight to behold, but the huge engine in the Villaume building is downright amazing.  My 2006 pictures of the engine didn't turn out, but hopefully I'll get some good ones on my next trip!

Below: The rolling hills of western Minnesota.