Buckeye Oliver Collectors Summer Show
with the National Threshers Assoc.
June 22-25, 2017
All Golf Carts/Off-Road Utility Vehicles are required to pay a $10 registration fee. Proof of insurance is required. Registrations are available at the Secretary’s Office under the grandstand or Gate F.
Gate admission is $5. You can prepay your membership and/or camping by mailing it to the Secretary by May 15. If you choose to pay when you arrive, bring your ticket (worth $5) to the Secretary’s Office to purchase your membership ($10) and/or camping.
Camping fees begin the day the camper arrives, not when you move in. Should you arrive before Monday, the Fulton County Fair will collect $20/night.
Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon, OH
On State Route 108 at Ohio Turnpike Exit 34
Lee grew up in Fairfield, Iowa where he worked at his family’s Oliver dealership which opened in 1946. Lee assembled machinery and did some mechanical work, mostly on the 70’s. While in college at Iowa State he worked at the Charles City factory Engineering Department. In the summer of 1952 he operated the test stand to “run in” the two Oliver 77 propane tractors that were later sent to Nebraska for formal testing at the Nebraska Testing facility. In 1955 Lee started wearing an U.S. Air Force uniform were he became an Air Force pilot and engineer. 26 years later he retired with the grade of Colonel.
Lee become a charter member (#329) of the HPOCA and served six years as secretary on the HPOCA board. He was the first president of the Buckeye Oliver Collectors holding this position for 10 years. He was then secretary until our fall banquet in November, 2016. Lee has not missed a HPOCA summer show or winter get together in 20 years!
In 1946 when delivering a new 60 row crop to a farmer in Iowa he had good fortune of meeting the farmer’s wife and daughter. Seven years later he married the daughter! This year Lee and Shirley celebrated 63 years together!
It’s not hard to see the passions Lee has had throughout his life; Oliver tractors, Air Force, and family. Lee and Shirley volunteer at the Air Force Museum and get to come for the first time in many years to an Oliver event and just visit. People of all ages love their stories.
Only owning one Oliver tractor, a 77 standard, Lee has shown that there are many ways to be dedicated to the Oliver world. The next time any of you see Lee and Shirley be sure to stop and say Thank You for all they have done.
Thank You Lee & Shirley
Wayne & Mary Groweg
Wayne and Mary Groweg are Buckeye Oliver Collector and HPOCA members. They live on Wayne’s family farm near Gibsonburg, Ohio. They are the 5th generation living on this 120 acre farm which has been in the family since 1883. This farm is registered with the State of Ohio as a century farm. Wayne has lived on this farm his entire life and been farming it since his dad passed away when he was a junior in high school. Wayne and Mary have been married 48 years with three sons; Bob, John, and Dan, and five grandchildren. The boys help with the farming along with their own farms.
Wayne has 10 Oliver tractors and many one and two bottom plows and other implements. His 77 is a tractor that his dad bought new in 1949. The 88 is a 1952 his dad bought in 1954. These two are his favorites. Also in his collection are a Super 44, 550, 99, 1600, 1800, 1855, and a 2-105. All are used on the farm, some more than others.
This past September Wayne and Mary were honored to have a 9/11 Memorial painted on their century old barn. Scott Hagan (AKA the Barn Artist) did a superb job with this mural. The barn has been bringing folks from near and far to see this touching tribute to those who give and have given for our safety. Check out the video on facebook under “the Barn Artist” and click on videos to find it.
Here are some photos we have of our Oliver tractors. Our family photo was taken on John’s 60th birthday, on our 2255 Oliver. The photo was featured in the December edition of Ohio Farmers Fastline magazine as the cover tractor of the month. It is a 1974 Oliver 2255, restored by John Martin of Attica, Ohio. It was captioned “For this is where he planted his dreams…and set the foundation for a strong, hardworking and dedicated family.”
I have also included some pics of our tractors at the annual July/October Oakridge Festivals in Attica, Ohio. The show features tractor shows and pulls. Go to www.oakridgefestival.com for more information.
Left to Right: 1944 AG-6, 1941 HG-68, 1937 E62
At 75 years of age, I am a 5th generation and still enjoy actively farming a modest 200 acre grain farm in what historically was called the Northern Ohio Great Black Swamp land.
As farming changed from the horse to early heavy iron tractors, there was a need for a replacement to allow early season spring working of the soil without compaction.
Crawler type tractors were very popular locally and our extended family farmed using six Cletracs during the 1930s thru the 1970s. My Dad was the last in our family actively using Cletracs for muck-farming potatoes in the Homer, MI area. The family members would make their Cletracs available to my Dad for parts to keep ours working. When my Dad died in 1997, I found five Cletracs in various disrepair and brought them home to enjoy as four of them survived. Three are show tractors and #4 is a stationary flag pole in my front yard.
Jim and Janet Fox
830 S. Yondota Rd.
Curtice, Ohio 43412