The Oliver Gang

Col. Norm Stuckey
January/February 1994
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Norm Stuckey's newly restored very rare Super 88 Row Crop Standard Oliver.


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The 22nd annual show of Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association featured Oliver equipment August 5-8, 1993 at Findlay, Ohio. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the collectors, members of the Oliver Gang, from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. They were determined to make their second anniversary show rival the great Oliver show three years ago, at the Miami Valley Steam Threshers at Plain City, Ohio.

The 130 Olivers were very impressive lined up in front of the brightly striped hospitality tent. It was difficult to think of a model or style that wasn't represented. The owners were complimented on the fine restoration done. Not only did the collectors bring tractors, but there was a wide variety of implements including lawn tractors lined up around the hospitality tent.

Richard Lynch, a successful farmer and Oliver man, became frustrated when unable to buy side curtains. This led him to buying industrial machines and then learning how to run them. The result was beautifully re produced curtains for several models which he can sell to help others. The McMillans also offered a wide display of items.

Everyone appreciated the efforts of Keith and Roger Blue and their families who made the show so successful. For this they were given an appropriate plaque.

Steve and Jacquelyn Fish back helped to coordinate everything. They brought many interesting pieces to the show.

As it neared five o'clock Saturday evening, the Oliver Gang migrated to the banquet building on the grounds. For only $5.00, five dollars!! the hungry group filed down the food line where the members wives and Roger Blue loaded the plates down with good things to eat. Mike Hodupp was MC for the evening's program while his wife, Mary, made a pictorial record with the camera. Gordon Mitchell from Michigan warmed our hearts by reading a poem he had written. Don Wood was recognized for donating an Oliver plow which was raffled off to put some money in the treasury. President Bill Gamble said we had no dues, just free will offerings. We were glad Bill's wife, Margaret, brought all those beautiful tractors from Wiltshire, Ohio.

Derrell Wilkins, president of the hosting Findlay show, welcomed the Oliver Gang and expressed appreciation for the big addition to the show.

Bill and Kay Meeker from North Henderson, Illinois, are starting an Oliver club in their part of the U.S., and are soliciting suggestions to make the new Midwest Oliver Collectors Club go.

Kenny Steinbeck, who represented the Hart Parr Oliver Collectors Association, talked to the group about area and local clubs working with the National organization for the betterment of our hobby. He said that all members of small groups had to belong to the National HPOCA.

Jim Kline, an officer of the HPOCA, expressed the importance of peace and harmony in all groups. He and his wife, Laquita, brought several fine tractors to the show from their farm near Green field, Ohio.

Mike Hodupp introduced the new editor of the HPOCA magazine, Sherry Schaefer, daughter of Olly Schaefer, a long time Oliver collector. Sherry admitted she didn't have experience in this line of work, but her youthful determination to do a good job will insure her success.

Keith Woods, well-known for his vast knowledge and literature on Olivers, introduced speaker Dennis Baker from Richwood, Ohio, who is one of the foremost collectors in this state. Dennis heard about an Oliver that was driven from coast to coast, and he began researching this trip. Dennis learned that Jim Clark, a successful farmer from Marion, Ohio, conceived the idea of driving an Oliver 990 from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He received the endorsement from the Oliver Company, the Goodyear Tire Company, and a fuel company. With all of this support he made the trip using a fast road gear in just a few weeks. The advertisement benefits exceeded all expectations and this inspired the second trip which began in Alaska but ended on the Mexican border when the neighbors to the south said 'No way, Jose.'

The meeting ended with congratulations and good wishes and compliments all around. It was agreed that Richard Kimbel and his wife, Vicky, brought the best re stored tractor, a Massey Ferguson 98an Oliver Super 99 in MF clothing.

It is good to go to the Findlay show with its great flea market, 400 tractors, many gas engines and 50 cent hot dogs.

I asked a man at the banquet from Little Rock how those in Arkansas like President Bill Clinton. He said those who like a leader that taxes and spends, love him.


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