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.
The Buckeye Oliver Collectors held their annual banquet and meeting on November 4, 2017 at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City. The meal was very good as it always is. Larry started the meeting by telling everyone this year’s meeting would be different from any other. Larry introduced the officers and then called each one to the podium to give their thoughts and comments for the year. They all knew of this assignment for months and after a severe case of nerves by all each did a great job. Larry explained that we were giving away door prizes that where donated for the officers. This went on throughout the meeting. We also started two awards this year. Lee and Shirley Smith received the” Life Time Achievement” award and Floyd Hohman received the “Member Of The Year” award. The meeting ended with the Raffle drawing. The first prize Oliver Pedal Combine went to Owen Oswald, second prize Oliver 1/8 scale purple 1950 tractor went to Dennis Baker, and the third prize Oliver 1/16 scale Oliver 1955 FWA tractor went to Doug Guthrie. It was a great meeting!
The Buckeye Oliver Collectors participated in the Buckeye Classics Power of the Paint tractor show in Marion, August 11-13. This was the 2nd year for this show and is growing. We had a good turnout of tractors and help at the tables. Our tractor display had about 30 excellent Olivers and a beautifully restored Cockshutt 1550 displayed by Doug Mitchell. Raffle tickets were sold and the memorial plaque continues to get a lot of attention.
The Buckeye Oliver Collectors summer show was a success even with the HPOCA National Show going on at the same time. The weather did not cooperate on Friday with a lot of rain and wind but Saturday’s nice weather brought out many Oliver enthusiasts making up for the slow Thursday and Friday. Saturday we had a lunch with around 30 members attending. Jan Yaple coordinated the lunch and led the prayer to kick off the luncheon.
A good selection of tractors were on display – old to new – Hart-Parrs to High Crops to 4 digits; what an excellent selection of tractors. There were more than 100 tractors on display. The 911 Memorial was in our display area so we were able to surround it with some of the tractors. What a great tribute!
Of course the best part is all of the visiting and story telling that happens all day. Our club has old dealers, old mechanics, employees and block men, it is very interesting to hear their stories and tales from years gone by. And then hearing the stories of people who bought tractors back in the day. Those of us that are a little younger than the guys who lived it are fascinated by these stories. At times there would be up to 20 of us sitting and visiting.
Thanks to everyone who came to the show and who displayed your Oliver tractor and implements. Also, Thanks to those who helped with the tables and a special Thanks to Wayne Groweg for taking pictures.
The Buckeye Oliver Collectors were also at the HPOCA National Summer Show the same weekend as the Wauseon show with officers and board members split between the two places. Our presence was quickly recognized as we displayed two club tables with the feature being the three raffle prizes on display and tickets being sold non-stop. What a great response to the Oliver pedal combine and the 1850 Purple 1/8 scale tractor prizes. The turnout of club members was good with 29 signing in at the tables and many helping at the tables; Thanks to all. We also signed up a few new members.
The show had a nice display of Oliver tractors, lawn and garden tractors and implements. Even with all the rain on Friday the turnout was good. On Saturday the sunshine and auction brought out a good amount of spectators to enjoy the show.
The best part of the show was the great people that you get to see and visit with. It becomes an Oliver family reunion and there is never enough time to hear the stories and catch up on life.
Having 5 of my own tables full of Oliver stuff kept me pretty busy. When our club members seen this they jumped right in and helped sell; what a blast having this kind of friendship. Larry has told me for years that there is always one group of people you can count on, I got to see this first hand as our Oliver friends and more than friends.
On a somewhat cool breezy day on Sat. April 22 in Clyde, OH a group of about 60 green clad hungry Oliver fans gathered at Dave Miller’s farm to greet, eat, and talk Oliver. Thanks to Dave for hosting but more important for having a large heated building where everyone, I think, were comfortable. Following a beautiful Grace by Lyn Parker at noon we ate. If you couldn’t find something that you liked on this large buffet table, then you weren’t hungry! From pork chops, chicken, roast beef, dozens of sides, and what seemed like even more desserts. Oliver people do eat well. Lunch was followed by a brief meeting concerning the Newsletter, the summer shows in Wauseon, OH and the HPOCA show in Madison, IN, which unfortunately fall on the same weekend.
A plaque was given to a surprised Dave Miller for hosting. A special moment came as Club President Larry Elliott unveiled a beautiful memorial plaque in the shape of the state of Ohio onto which were the names of all deceased members of the Buckeye Oliver club. There was a moment of silence as all the names were read aloud. To the surprise of all, Larry introduced the youngest member of our club, 4 year old Benjamin Wiggins. Surprise again as Ben owns his own 550 that he drives with the help of his father. Bet he keeps dad busy. Larry closed the meeting and as the women’s committee met in one corner the rest of us cleaned up, talked with one another and went outside to look at Dave’s collection of Olivers and Whites.
Thank you to the Rine family for bringing the 1900 and a MM. Thanks to John Parker for bringing two of his restored Oliver tractors to the picnic. By four o’clock some were headed home and some were making Dave’s barn a place for tractors again. All in all just a real good enjoyable afternoon. Special thanks again to Dave Miller for hosting and special thanks to all who spent their Saturday afternoon in Clyde, OH at the Oliver Spring Picnic. The picnic is a wonderful way to stay in touch with other Oliver owners and if there is a family who would host the picnic in 2018 please let Larry know. There is always plenty of help and support from Buckeye Oliver. Here’s to good running tractors and good growing weather.
I believe our family’s love of Oliver’s started in 1956 when my Dad, Bob, bought a late model fleetline Oliver 77 diesel from A.J. Boellner in Maumee. He also bought a new Oliver 3 bottom hydraulic lift plow and a new 22B mowing machine that we still have and use to mow wheat stubble. This was in the days of pull type equipment so the 77D got used for all heavy tillage work, running the pull type combine, corn picker, baler, manure spreader, etc. Our MM model ZA was the loader tractor and did some finish tillage as I got old enough. In the summer of 1959 Dad bought a used Oliver 60 with a 2 row mechanical lift cultivator. This is where I learned to cultivate.
In 1961 Dad bought a used Oliver 64 grain drill which we still use occasionally. He also traded the MM ZA and loader for a MM 445 and loader. Then came another Oliver plow so we could plow with 2 tractors. We still have the MM 445 as our loader tractor.
In 1965 after renting more ground, Dad found a real nice Oliver 88 diesel standard tractor for a very reasonable price and then a 4340 plow to go along with it. He kept the 88 for about 10 years then sold it for what he paid for it and never spent much on any repairs. What a sweet running tractor it was, wish we still had that one!
Penta County JVS was to open in the fall of 1965, my senior year of high school and I wanted to enroll in agri-mechanics. Wishy Boellner brought one of our tractors back from the shop and Dad asked him if they could use some summer help so I had my first job off the farm. I worked summers and vacations also during my 4 years at Ohio State. Over this time Dad bought a used Oliver 241 disk which we still use ahead of drilling wheat in the fall and a new 245 field cultivator. Then in 1969 he bought a new Oliver 1650 diesel with a set back front end and a new 565 4 bottom plow. How we learned to love that tractor, still one of our favorites. It is plumbed up to run our 5100 White 6 row planter. We still have the plow but it has been sitting in the shed a number of years.
In 1970 I graduated from Ohio State and started teaching agri-diesel mechanics at EHOVE JVS in Milan, OH. I was there 6 years but my wife and I both wanted to get back “home” so I started back with A.J. Boellner in August 1976, and have been there ever since. Forty years of working on Olivers and Whites although we are now a New Holland and Grasshopper dealer as our main lines.
It was great to be back on the farm. We had a house built on the south side of the Ohio turnpike on the back corner of the farm. It felt good to be back helping Dad in the fields and he also worked part-time over winter at Boellner’s.
The fall on 1979 a neighbor passed away and his wife wanted us to farm her place so we went tractor shopping. Boellner’s had a 1950T traded in that had a rod come through the block so we had installed a new short block, went through the hydra-power, etc. After looking at other tractors Dad said he wanted that 1950T but with a cab. So after getting the tractor home and repainted we installed a new year round cab. What an addition to the family! Dad sure enjoyed plowing with the 4-14s and fitting ground with plenty of power to spare.
The spring of 1981 Dad had heart bypass surgery but died the end of July. What do I do now? The farm was not big enough to support my Mom, sister and my family. I would have to keep my job at Boellner’s. My neighbor lady wanted me to keep farming her place so with 22 acres of our farm by our house, I would still do that much and rented the rest to a good neighbor friend we knew would take good care of the land for us.
I started buying some bigger equipment for the bigger tractor. A used 285 field cultivator and Lely rotterra helped speed up field work. Then in 2001 Boellner’s had a decent White 6 row 5100 planter traded in. I bought it as is and rebuilt it as needed and set it up for no-till. I learned to plant 15” beans by swinging the drawbar
over to one side, then drive in the tracks from last years corn, circle on the far end and drive back in the same tracks. This puts a row of beans on each side of the old corn row. It takes time but it works.
With 3 sons growing up they also caught “Oliver Fever”. Our oldest son Mike, parts man for A.J. Boellner bought a Super 77 gas tractor to work with. It does a decent job pulling our Oliver #12 1 tooth subsoiler. Then he bought a nice original Oliver 66 gas with a wide front which I now use on our sprayer. With the wide front and skinny tires I can sneak down between our 15” bean rows, that put our little 60 into retirement.
Our youngest son Andy, who works in the Wood County Engineers office, went to an auction in June 2010 and came home the proud owner of an Oliver 1900 C series with FWA. It needed clutch work, one front axle shaft, transmission and rear end work but now does a good job with our 3 point chisel plow.
Our middle son Ken, made a major career change in 2007 and when he graduated from seminary in 2011 I had bought him a Super 55 as a gift. He and his wife are both ministers and serve 2 churches in Michigan. He enjoys mowing wheat stubble with the Oliver 351 mower my neighbor lady had given me. I also revamped a 3 point sprayer for spraying along both sides of the turnpike and road sides.
Our neighbor has retired from farming so we now farm all of the home place and the rented farm. With 2 sons close by we all work together and do enjoy using our Olivers. Our 2 latest additions are a White 5100 4 row planter with a 3 row 6900 splitter we use for beans and a 1750 diesel with a setback wide front end.
The tractor we spent the most years refurbishing was a Super 88 diesel wide front with a hydra hitch. It was traded in with a dropped valve on No. 6 cylinder. We found a good used head, installed all new pistons, sleeves, rings, bearings rebuilt the hydraulic pump, etc. Repainted and new decals and now use it to pull a 241 disk and cultipacker ahead of drilling wheat in the fall. Then it is time to get the 77D hooked to our drill and have more fun. With 10 Olivers, a MM 445, and a Silver King that was my uncle’s, we have a lot to keep us busy but also a lot of enjoyment.
1953 Oliver 77 diesel NF
1942 Oliver 60 NF
1968 Oliver 1650 diesel setback WF
1967 Oliver 1950T WF with year round cab
1956 Oliver Super 88 diesel WF
1955 Oliver Super 77 gas NF
1949 Oliver 66 gas WF
Oliver Super 55 red wheels
1964 Oliver 1900 GM FWA C series
1967 Oliver 1750 diesel setback WF
1956 MM 445 gas NF with loader
1947 Silver King model 42 with loader
Oliver years as a Mechanic,
Over the last 40 years we have seen a lot of changes in farm equipment. During my first summers and vacation time working for A.J. Boellner in Maumee we did a lot of repairs on 66, 77, 88, 3 digits, and occasionally 1600 or 1800 tractors. This would have been 1965-1970 era.
When the 50 series tractors came out they would practically sell themselves. Big heavy frames, smooth running 6 cylinder engines, full power steering, tilt, telescoping steering wheel, comfortable Bostrom seats, hydra power drive (later over-under 3 speeds), built in 3 point hitch, independent PTO, live hydraulics, etc. A pleasure to drive and how many are still being used to this day, they were built to last!
And then plows; I think we sold plows behind every brand of tractor made, no one could compete with an Oliver plow.
Most 55 series tractors were sold over the years I taught at EHOVE JVS. Oliver did experience some engine problems over that time i.e., the 1855 diesels. After I was back working at A.J. Boellner’s in 1976 and going to service schools we learned the problem was simple; trying to put a turbo charger on an engine not designed to be used in that horsepower range, running the RPMs too high and operators trying to lug them down
too much. If you own a 310 Waukesha please set the high idle back to 2500 RPM, it won’t affect horsepower, and don’t lug it below PTO speed especially if turbocharged. Then with the switch to closed center hydraulics there were some leakage problems but a lot of these were changed when the gray tractors came out.
The Oliver Corp. was very supportive of their dealers. The sales reps and service people that came to the dealerships were very helpful; service schools were always very informative, hands on experiences and parts support was top notch. Their parts books were like actual pictures of the breakdown of each component or system and their shop manuals gave great step by step teardown and reassembly instructions for each procedure. I was to the Columbus branch a few times and everyone was so friendly. I made one trip with Larry to Charles City to pick up 3 tractors one fall. We got there after the plant was shutdown for the day but they took us down through the assembly line where they were building red Cockshutts and green Olivers. Then in the back lot one side was red tractors, the other side was green. We got 3 green ones, 2 1850’s and a 1750.
In 1976 when I returned to Boellner’s the gray tractors were being sold, the 2-135 and 2-155’s had just came out. What a tractor these were! Big, heavy, powerful, comfortable, with a good lugging long stroke engine, a solid rugged transmission differential and final drives. The 2-85 and 2-105 were back to Perkins engines, upgraded closed center hydraulics and proven drive trains.
Some early 2-135, 2-155’s had piston ring and ring land problems and head gasket seepage problems. A few update items here and there but still a good line of hard working tractors, many still out in the fields today. In fact the same drive train with some modifications was used in the 4-210 and 4-225 4 wheelers and through the work horse series of tractors.
Along comes the White 5100 planter line! What a simple but accurate planter idea. For some years we rented 2 – 6 row planters and splitters set up for no-till with 1950T tractors through Lucas & Wood Co. soil & water districts to start farmers looking at no-till planting equipment. This helped us sell a lot of planters even into the 6100 series. We also rented White disc chisels for fall conservation tillage.
Looking back I must say I met a lot of nice people over my years working at Boellner’s and I have worked with some very fine people, you almost become like family. I started working with Wishy and his brothers Tony and Eddie and son Lawrence (Larry) and now his son Dave and daughter Kris. Three generations and they still keep me around!
We still have a lot of customers running their Oliver and White tractors and equipment and sell a lot of parts, even out of state. Probably one of only a few people who were originally Oliver dealers.
If you are ever in Maumee stop by, Larry likes to show people his 10 restored Olivers. Only thing now for new equipment you will see blue New Holland tractors and Grasshopper mowers.
Jim Brown is a Buckeye Oliver Collector member and lives in the Croton – Johnstown area with his wife Vicky. They have two sons and a grandson. Jim cares for his late parent’s farm of 144 acres which has been in the family for 100 years; he is the 4th generation. Jim has had Oliver tractors most of his 59 years with the exception of one orange one. Jim grew up with a WD45 that his dad owned. Jim says “If you ever worked ground with one of those you can really appreciate an Oliver”.
Jim’s grand-dad had an Oliver 66 which he bought new in Newark, OH and did most of the farming with. Grand-dad also had a 60 and a 70 and a lot of implements. Grand-dad gave Jim the 66 when he was 14 years old. Two years later Jim traded it for a Super 88 with a wide front end and power steering. It was a great tractor and wishes he had it back. Jim’s dad bought a 770 and a 1655 from Ohio Foundation Seeds to upgrade their equipment line and improve their farming operation.
How times and the farm have changed. Jim works full time in town. He uses an 1855 with a 15’ bush hog to keep the farm looking nice. There are a lot more tillable acres, a lot less pasture today. “I always liked going to Shady Knoll Farm Service in Croton to look at the Oliver equipment and talk to Wilmer Prushing who is the owner and a lifelong friend” say Jim. He also liked visiting Straits Farm Equipment to see what used equipment was there. Jim has mostly John Deere implements all pulled by Oliver tractors. People ask him why he does not have John Deere tractors he says “I need something reliable”.
His current tractor line up is 1855, 1555, 1600, 880, 3 – 770’s, a Super 66 and a 60 that was just restored. His favorite is the 880 which was the first one he restored. It has a power booster and power steering.
Jim has owned more than 15 Oliver’s and loves to collect; he rarely sells.
Thanks Jim for a great story and keeping the tradition alive.