As I See It

Industrial Oliver

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4777 Upper Valley Pike Dayton, OH 45424

The antique engine shows are in swing now with one every weekend some place within an easy drive. Dayton, Ohio seems to be the center of many very good shows. It was for this reason when I started the Dayton Area Antique Engine and Equipment Association, fifteen years ago, we agreed to keep it a monthly social club with no show to interfere with our good fellowship. The three summer months we have no usual covered dish dinner but may get together at a local show.

Several club members took equipment to our first area show called 'Poor Farmers'. It was interesting to see the new equipment the men had been working on during the winter.

The trip to Wauseon, Ohio was long but well worth it. The Allis Chalmers was featured and someone told me there were over 100 such tractors. It was interesting to see a WD diesel at the show. One would think that perhaps many of these tractors were made since there are so many WC-s and WD 45's. It is a rare sight to see a diesel model.

I took my newly restored Cockshutt Super 570 Wheatland Standard to the Urbana, Ohio show. It brought a lot of comments, but no one, it seems, had seen one like it before. My tractor was in good mechanical condition when I bought it from Wesley Slaughbaugh last winter. I think he got it in western Kansas.

The Darke County Steam Threshers at Greenville, Ohio is another old show and a big show. It is great to attend this show with its beautiful shaded grounds. The Oliver was featured this year along with the Hart Parr. There were over seventy tractors and most were very well restored. Interestingly enough there were very few duplicates.

Col. Norm Stuckey took this 1947 Industrial Oliver 88, the last of 16 made to the Darke County Steam Threshers Show, Greenville, Ohio 1987.

Many from far away attend the Greenville show and this year was no exception. Doug Strawser, one of the really big Oliver collectors was there from Illinois. Harold D'Ment was also there to give freely the great amount of information he has, having worked for the Oliver Company for years.

Keith Wood was there from Clayton, Indiana displaying his beautifully restored manure spreader, filled with many colorful brochures from Oliver.

Don Livingston brought nine Olivers, all very unusual and very well restored.

Kevin Lights of Arlington, Ohio brought his newly restored Super 44. He spent much of his time talking to people about an Oliver Club.

I took six standard Olivers to the show but in the process of loading my 900 a tire blew so it was left at home.

The idea of featuring a particular make of equipment is a fine idea. I believe this has brought about a new interest that was needed.

The shows are everywhere now and certain ones are attempting to be unique and this will result in show growth. I was very impressed with the Rock River Thresheree. The pile driver and models alone make the trip worthwhile. Waukee with the Iron Seat Club is good too.

It is my hope that we will continue to have peace and prosperity. I'm a retired Air Force Officer and former jet pilot. I have seen a lot of this world and I've lived a long time and I've never seen people live as good as they do today. Never fear the Russians, we will never have them as adversaries. The next great war will be caused by racial envy and the Russians will be our ally.