"Old Nancy" 1905 Case Steam Engine Tractor

Old Nancy 19051906 - Purchased by J. W. Dupree for use in his Lee County sawmill. It arrived in Opelika, AL by train and was driven to the Dupree home located south of Beauregard. Dupree named her in honor of the steam powered passenger train, Nancy Hanks, which operated between Atlanta and Columbus. Old Nancy served two generations as power for a sawmill, J. W. Dupree and his son-in-law, Jimmy Whatley.

Old Nancy 19571954 - Driven in the Centennial parade Opelika, AL.

July 4, 1956 and 1957 - "Old Nancy" was operated to celebrate the fourth of July Parade in Opelika, AL.

Old Nancy 1973May 23, 1973 - Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Leary Whatley from Dr. Eugene W. Rochester suggesting that "Old Nancy" be placed at Auburn University. At that time, "Old Nancy" was located at the Whatley home. where Leary Whatley lived.

Jan. 3, 1974 - Agreement was signed between Auburn University and the owners of "Old Nancy": Mrs. A. C. Whatley, daughter of J.W. Dupree, and her children J. Arthur Whatley, Lillie B. Gowder and Oleta W. Parker. The agreement specified that the tractor would remain at Auburn on a 25-year renewable loan.

1974 - "Old Nancy" moved to the then Agricultural Engineering Building which now is the Tom Corley Building at Auburn University. The restoration project was initiated by the Student Branch of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) under the guidance of Dr. Eugene Rochester, Dr. Roy Young, and Professor Walter Clement.

Old Nancy Restoration TeamMay 1974 - A fund raising drive was initiated to raise money for boiler repairs. Boiler shipped to Duffner Boiler Works in Birmingham for repair.

Jan. 1976 - Boiler returned to Auburn University Ag Engineering Department Auburn, AL.

Feb. 1978 - Renovation completed. First public operation of 1905 Steam Tractor at College of Engineering "E-Day".

Sept. 1998 - Valves were repacked and the entire tractor was repainted by Auburn University student branch ASABE.

Old Nancy 1995

Currently - "Old Nancy" represents the accomplishments of agricultural technology of the past and how technology advanced farming today. She is displayed each year at the Sunbelt AG Expo in Moultrie, GA as well as, at various other functions for Auburn University such as, Ag Round-up, E-Day, etc.

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2018