The Buckeye Oliver Collectors 19th annual banquet was held November 10 at the Der Dutchman in Plain City. The day was filled with excitement as the room was filled with our largest crowd ever, 104 members! Raffle tickets were being sold, door prizes were out and the excitement of seeing old friends flourished. The day was kicked off with Lyn Parker delivering an excellent prayer. Our dinner was again a fine meal and I’m sure everyone ate too much. President Larry started the meeting with his now traditional board member roll call being answered by each coming to the podium and telling us about their year. This has turned from a fear of getting up there to “let to tell you a story”; I think each enjoyed their time talking and I know everyone enjoyed hearing from them. Larry’s messages were all positive for the year with a great picnic, summer show in Greenville and Farm Science Review. He also told us we have a new record membership at 165. Door prizes were given out throughout the meeting. The Life Time Achievement Award was given to Jim McKenzie who was surprised and honored. The Members of the Year went to Don and Joann Kopp for all their exceptional efforts this year; congratulations all! Lastly we draw the raffle winners. The 1st place Purple Pedal tractor was won by Emma Fetter, the 2nd place Mighty Tow tractor was won by Jon Bible and the 3rd place Oliver flag was won by Paul Coonfare. We can’t wait to see what exciting things will be happening in 2019 for our 20th Anniversary year.
The Farm Science Review was held September 18 – 20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, OH. The Buckeye Oliver Collectors were last there in 2013 and we were excited to return. Our new lot was excellent with plenty of room to have a great tractor display and our new tent. One of the first things people would say is that they could see our green and white tent from the parking lot and knew it was the BOC area.
Tractors on display were from Jim Kline, Dennis Baker, Mark Smith, Lynn Smith, Bill Yaple, John Parker, Jerry McBride, Ken Lutz, Tom Scothorn, Mike Salyers, John Martin and Wayne Groweg. From the Hart-Parr 70 Orchard to the Oliver 25 Airport tractor to front wheel assists we had a great showing of Olivers tractors; and three Oliver boat motors on display from Larry Elliott. What a great display to look at.
Even though there are things that can be improved on for this show it seemed like the tent area was always full of Oliver enthusiasts and a lot of great tractor conversations and stories being told. While the guys were talking the ladies were busy selling raffle tickets, club merchandise and taking memberships. It is unbelievable the new memberships for this year. This makes for a very exciting time for the club.
Allen and Karen live in Gibsonburg, OH on what was originally Allen’s parent’s 110 acre dairy farm. They have been married 55 years and have a son Scott & Leanne and a daughter Bonnie & Jim and three granddaughters. Everyone lives on the farm which now has three homes. Scott also owns the farm next door. Scott helps with the farming and Jim does the restoration work.
Allen was born and raised on Oliver tractors and still farms with them. Karen is a big part of the farming. Her favorite job is running the combine.
A 1956 Oliver Super 77 was the first tractor in their collection, bought the year they were married. Their family collection now includes a Super 55 diesel, two 550’s, Super 77, Super 88, Super 44, two 440’s, a 1600, 1850 diesel, 1850, 1855 and an OC46. Karen would like to add the three beauties to the collection and Allen would like a mist green 880. Most of these tractors have been purchased from Stroman Implement and
The favorite memory and story involving their collection is Karen’s 550. As the story goes this tractor was purchased as a parts tractor – brown and the wheels locked up. As Allen and Jim got it broke free and soon it was running Karen became excited that it was going to be more than just more parts on the shelf. Karen thought it looked nice enough it should be sold. As Jim finished the restoration the holidays were coming so Allen had a decal made the said “Karen’s” and placed it just above the 550 decal then gave it to her for Christmas. Now she could not sell it; “it would be rude to sell a Christmas present”. This story was published in the Hart-Parr Oliver magazine March/April 2011.
Allen says one of his favorite things about being a Buckeye Oliver Collector is meeting other Oliver collectors.
The Buckeye Oliver Collectors participated in the Buckeye Classic Power of the Paint tractor show in Marion, August 10 & 11. Our new tent looked great and all agreed that it was an excellent idea. There were 20 tractors on display. Back in March at the winter show we met a gentlemen named Larry Young from North Carolina. He has called and talked to Larry and myself several time since. With nothing to do this weekend he loaded up his 77 Orchard and miniature 77 Orchard and joined us. How cool is that!
MAID RITE, no I’m not talking about how Oliver Farm equipment was put together. But rather I’m referring to a small extremely busy sandwich shop in downtown Greenville. If anyone who attended the show knows what I’m talking about, then we know about the dozen cars lined up at the drive thru, the never ending line of folks going out the door and the unique sandwiches that had some people at the Oliver tent going twice a day. A fun memory from a fun show.
We had a great turnout in people and equipment with over one hundred Oliver pieces there. With a fairground as big as the one in Greenville there was room for all colors and all colors of tractors were there. As neither my wife or I had ever been to Greenville we didn’t bring the golf cart. Regrets! Actually our show started on Friday morning with a tour of the Kitchen Aid factory on the north side of Greenville. I’m sure many many bakers have a Kitchen Aid mixer and this is where they are made. I do enjoy touring factories that make good products in America. Made in USA, we never get tired of that. After our tour it was a short drive downtown to the Kitchen Aid factory outlet and it was there we were told about the Maid Rite shop. So lunch was on.
The rest of Friday was spent hanging out at a very busy Oliver tent and watching tractor and truck pulls in the evening. Saturday was a good day highlighted by an awesome lunch provided by the club and open to all Buckeye Oliver Collector members. We had 44 members in attendance followed by a short meeting by Larry. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the show and the crowd at the Oliver tent where along with strong merchandise sales we welcomed a dozen new members to our club. Buckeye Oliver Collectors is a growing club and if you are a member we look forward to seeing you at a club show or function. You will not be disappointed.
Oliver, Cockshutt and equipment were featured at the Ashland County Yesteryear Machinery Show, July 7 & 8, 2018. The Kopp’s, Don, Joanne, Larry, Bob and Jane had the Buckeye Oliver Collectors tables. They had a good turnout of people and tractors. There were 24 Oliver’s and 4 pieces of equipment. One Oliver boat motor and two Oliver pedal tractors. The show is now in its 26th year. The people come to see the tractors they grew up on. Every year the show features different tractor companies. This year was the Oliver Tractor Company and Cockshutt – were in the spotlight.
The most unique piece likely was the 1949 Goodison tractor, which was the Oliver brand sold in Canada. Don Kopp got his hands on it and it is now back to its original Oliver colors. The tractor was blue and yellow because a campgrounds had it and they painted it their colors.
Bob Kopp displayed his first Oliver that his Dad bought new in 1951, an Oliver 88. He also had a 1937 Hart-Parr like the first tractor that Bob & Don bought together. Bob had a 1952 Oliver 66 which was Joanne’s Dad’s tractor. Larry had an Oliver 60 there, the boat motor and pedal tractors. What a good time we had.
Because of members like the Kopp family going above and beyond by representing the Buckeye Oliver Collectors at Hayesville while the BOC board was in Greenville shows why the Buckeye Oliver Collectors are so successful.
Thank You, Larry
Location, location, location, the magic words in the real estate world but it definitely applies to the Buckeye Oliver Collectors spring picnic held April 7 at the beautiful Smith Farm in West Mansfield. Even with the presence of “other green” tractors the Smith Farm was a superb location, just a beautiful site. The picnic was well attended with 70 Oliver folks enjoying the day that was sunny and cool to begin and overcast and chilly as the day went on. Lucky for all the Smiths have a large building, large enough for one side with a stone floor to house 20 Oliver,2 Cockshutt’s and an OC-6, all very nicely restored and in great running condition and the other side with concrete floor and heat, this being the picnic side.
Our hosts did a great job of clearing the tools and shop equipment to one side and putting up three rows of tables. Food is always the big attraction of an Oliver picnic and that held true on this day also with the beverages, meats, sides and desserts running down one long wall. I’ll admit to three trips thru the line. Very, very tasty. Something different tried at this year’s picnic was a parts swap in the parking area outside the building. It was a success with thirteen trucks, tailgates down full of Oliver parts from decals to plows to tractors. In fact there was a 1550 that changed hands. I believe the parts swap was well received and should happen again at our next gathering. Back inside where a membership meeting was held after lunch with President Larry giving well received news that Buckeye Oliver Collectors will be returning to the Farm and Science Review Sept 18-20 and that the club has purchased a 20 x 30 open air tent for use this summer and beyond. No matter the weather Oliver people will be dry. Larry also talked about the Buckeye Oliver summer show in Greenville July 5-8.
The club will have a catered lunch on Saturday. This promises to be a real nice show. Larry concluded the meeting with much thanks and a Plaque presentation to the Smith family for their work in hosting the Spring Picnic 2018. The Larry Riley family from Norwalk will be hosting next year’s picnic and if any readers have never attended a spring picnic, you are missing a fun close-knit day with friends. It’s obvious that Buckeye Oliver Collectors is a growing club and here’s hoping that we keep it going in that direction. See everyone in Norwalk 2019.
Asheville, North Carolina or to be more precise, Fletcher, NC was host to the 2018 HPOCA winter show. Buckeye Oliver Collectors was well represented with President Larry and Tonia Elliott, vice president Jan Huck, treasurer Billie Huck, secretary Bill and Jan Yaple and board member John and Sharon Gustina making the 8 to 10 hour drive south. The Gustina’s and the Huck’s went down a day early to visit the gem of Asheville-Biltmore mansion. I can say this, Oliver green was everywhere on the mansion grounds. If any readers have considered a visit to Biltmore put it on your bucket list, as it is breathtaking, something that will never be duplicated.
Now back to the Davis Ag center, the host building for the show. It is a very large structure to say the least, easily room for 26 tractors, plows, running gear, balers and chapter and vender tables. The Buckeye Oliver Collectors had a strong presence with seven tables total. We had on display our three raffle items and sold over 100 chances. Also we sold seven cookbooks and sales were strong from Tonia’s merchandise tables. I know a lot of grandchildren have new Oliver shirts thanks to grandma stopping by.
I also want to tell everyone that we also displayed our memorial plaque and had a signup sheet available for members of Buckeye Oliver Collectors to put their names down. A few names were on the list when the show closed. Interesting to note was the build card seminar held Saturday. Thanks to Dwayne Starr and Chris Losey for trying to make sense of a confusing subject, I for one would like to sit thru it again. Also held on Saturday was a seminar hosted by Margie Gaiser with the subject being hosting a HPOCA show. The room was full which speaks well for future shows. Many thanks go out to The Oliver Gang and a bunch of good ol’ Carolina folks for hosting a great show. As with all our shows this one ended with a banquet Saturday evening. When one is in the south one wants the good food that is famous, and good food was delivered. I won’t tease yo’all with the menu but it was worth two trips thru the line.
The amount of work that goes into a show is not lost on Buckeye Oliver members. Oliver green was spread throughout Fletcher at many hotels and the Hampton Inn where we stayed was full of tractor people filling the lounge area every morning and evening. It brings true the thought that it’s Great Green Tractors that bring us together but it’s the people at the show who make it worth the journey. I know it’s safe to say that a real good time was had by all who attended. Now we at the Buckeye Oliver Collectors look forward to our spring picnic so let’s come together and have a large turnout. See you all there.
Martha and I live in McCutchenville, OH where I am retired but always busy with some job every day, especially working on my Oliver tractors and equipment. My son Dan and grandson Zachery help with my collection and Dan has several pieces of his own. Growing up and farming with Oliver equipment made it just a matter of time before my collection started. My collection got started in 1996 with an Oliver 60 when I turned 60. My latest addition is a No. 2 potato digger.
My favorite tractor is my 1949 “99”. When I was 12 years old I heard 2 farmers talking about their neighbor who, “Bought an Oliver 99 just to run his threshing machine. It’s the only thing he can use it for. It’s too big to use in the field.” I wanted to see it then but never had the chance until 33 years later at his sale. At the time I didn’t have even a quarter to spare but remembered who bought it. When he advertised it 15 years later I was able to own it. Everything on it was original including the spark plugs. It probably has less than 750 hours of use. Good Year has confirmed that the code on the rear tires dates them as 1942, which means they are pure rubber, not synthetic. To this day they show no age cracks, etc. At a show a man told me, “My next door neighbor bought that tractor when I was eight years old. I am quite sure that the only time it was used in a field was the spring when the neighbor helped plant our crops because my brother had lost his life in the Korean War.”
My favorite implement is the 7 foot Oliver double cultipacker with a seat. I used to ride one like this being pulled by horses.
My favorite memory is on a Thanksgiving Day when 3 of my sons and 3 of my grandsons plowed with a walking plow on our farm. My 4 year old great grandson walked along side with his hand on the plow beam and a big smile on his face. Family involvement is very important to me.
1945 – 60 1957 Super 77
1950 – 66 1960 – 440
1955 Super 66 Diesel 1947 – 80
1960 – 660 1957 Super 88 LP Gas
1930 Row Crop 1960 – 880 LP Gas
1935 18-27 1949 – 99
1936 – 70 1955 Super 55
1950 – 77
All are restored but the 18-27. I also have 8 Oliver walking plows and several sulky plows, 20+ Oliver tractor plows from 1 to six bottom, Oliver disc plow. Most of the plows are restored. No. 17 manure spreader, double cultipacker, No. 22B hay conditioner, No. 2 hay rake, No. 520 baler, 3 horse drawn mowers, No. 55 2 row potato planter and a No. 2 potato digger. I have purchased most of these pieces from auctions, ads and the internet.
Whether within the Buckeye Oliver Collectors or anywhere in the Oliver Hart Parr Collectors group I most enjoy the ability to talk with friendly and like-minded people who care about sharing this country’s great agricultural history.
A retired public high school teacher living in Auglaize County, Wapakoneta, OH.
Reading this profile you will see the impact of Dad’s tractors as four of the five tractors that I own were my fathers. This is where the collection starts. My first tractor was a 1936 Oliver Hart Parr 70, a 1941 Oliver row crop 60 with 36” rear wheels, a 1949 Oliver 77 narrow front, a 1953 Oliver 77 wide front, and my last purchase was a 1966 Oliver 1850 diesel. When I was farming my 80 acres the 77 wide front was used to plant, drill, spray, pull a haybine, rake hay, mow, apply fertilizer, bale hay, haul grain and many other tasks.
One of my fondest memories is taking the Oliver Hart Parr 70 to the tractor pulls in the 1980’s and 90’s and out pulling other tractors.
The best part of being a BOC is getting to talk tractors and learning.