Buckeye Oliver Collectors Annual Banquet and Meeting

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!

Buckeye Oliver Collectors at the Buckeye Classic Power of the Paint

Marion, OH    August 11 – 13, 2017

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.


Buckeye Oliver Collectors Summer Show with the National Threshers Assoc.

Wauseon, OH    June 22-25, 2017

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.

Larry Elliott

Buckeye Oliver Collectors at the HPOCA National Show

Madison, IN    June 22-24, 2017

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.

Tonia Elliott

Spring Picnic April 22, 2017

Hosted by Dave Miller

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.

John Gustina