Racine in Racine County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Jerome Increase Case / Mascot and Trademark
Jerome Increase Case
Inventor, developer and manufacturer of mechanized threshing machines and steam traction engines; business leader, mayor of Racine, state senator; president of Racine County Agricultural Society, founder of Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. He developed threshers to replace flails and steam-powered tractors to retire the horse-drawn plow. He built and sold more threshing machines and steam engines than any other man. He founded the company now known as J I Case Company in Rochester, Wisconsin in 1842 and moved to Racine in 1844. His company grew to become an international leader in agricultural and construction equipment. Jerome Increase Case was born in Williamstown, New York, December 11, 1819 and died in Racine, December 22, 1891.
Mascot and Trademark
The original bald eagle known as "Old Abe" was the mascot of the Eighth Wisconsin [Infantry] Regiment during the U.S. Civil War, and it accompanied the regiment in 38 battles. In battle or whenever the band played, Old Abe was said to utter a piercing war cry. He later was kept at the State Capitol in Madison until his death in 1881. So impressed was Jerome Increase Case with this bird that in 1865 he chose the eagle as the trademark of his young threshing machine company in
Donated by J I Case Company in grateful recognition of its founder - October 1980
Erected 1980 by J I Case Company.
Location. 42° 43.626′ N, 87° 46.982′ W. Marker is in Racine, Wisconsin, in Racine County. Marker is on Main Street (Wisconsin Route 32) north of 6th Street (Wisconsin Route 32), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on Monument Square. Marker is in this post office area: Racine WI 53403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joshua Glover Commemorative Marker (here, next to this marker); Racine, Wisconsin (here, next to this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Racine County Historical Museum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Racine Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Racine City Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Engine House No. 3 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Racine.
Also see . . .
1. The Company of Jerome Increase Case (Submitted on October 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Jerome Increase Case. (Submitted on October 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Jerome Increase Case's National Agriculture Hall of Fame Bio. (Submitted on October 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. "Old Abe" the War Eagle. (Submitted on October 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
5. "Old Abe" the War Eagle. (Submitted on October 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.