2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Update To Case's "Eagle On A Globe"
In 1861, Chippewa Indians traded an eaglet to a rural Wisconsin resident who raised it, then sold it to a local military unit. The Eau Claire, Wis., Company C of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry used the eagle, “Old Abe”, as a good luck mascot during their 37 Civil War battles and skirmishes. The regiment even changed its name from Badger to Eagle. The great bird once shared a stage with Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant. Old Abe perished in an 1881 fire.
The J.I. Case Tractor Company incorporated Old Abe into their logo in 1865 after Mr. Case saw the bird in a military parade.
A year ago, a buddy and I rode bicycles on the Old Abe State Trail near Chippewa Falls, Wis., and halfway down the trail we happened across an 11-ft. statue of Old Abe. That’s me on the right in the photo. What a bird, what a story! (Mark Kihn, Calgary, Alta., Canada)
Click here to view page story appeared in
Click here to read entire issue
To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.