As I See It


| November/December 1987



Industrial Oliver

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.