Oliver Hart-Parr Reunion Brings Together More Than Tractors

Charles City, Iowa, celebration brings together Oliver and Hart-Parr tractor owners and former employees

| August 1999

Generations came together to celebrate "A Century of Tractor Power" in Charles City, Iowa, recently.

The unique tractor show took place on the grounds where Charles Hart and Charles Parr first laid the groundwork for the Hart-Parr Company of Iowa, the founders of the first gasoline engine tractor production factory.

Over the past century, the production factory helped shape the lives of thousands of people in the Floyd County region. Thousands of tractors made from scratch were produced on the very grounds where the tractor show took place June 12-13.

From Hart-Parr tractors to Oliver (and later, White Farm Tractors), the once-small foundry and workshop (established shortly after the turn of the century) built a living agricultural history in the Charles City area.

More than 100 collectors attended the weekend event, and nearly 120 tractors were paraded through downtown Charles City and  shown on the flat cement pad where the tractors once were built.

Merilee Monroe, an organizer of the event, said the tractor show was initiated to show that the people of Charles City were proud of their past.