AS I SEE IT: Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association 1991 Show

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I showed these Oliver tractors at the National Oliver Show in July 1991 at Plain City. The first two are rare-a 900 Industrial and an early 88 Industrial.

The Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association, under the presidency of Fred McDaniel, had another outstanding show July 18-21,1991, at Plain City, Ohio. Oliver equipment was featured this year with about 175 Oliver tractors plus other equipment being on display. The fledgling Oliver club was determined this show would fly high, and president Wayne Wiltse of Charles City, Iowa, with his staff of officers were there to give it the boost.

Area Oliver collectors had worked on the show for several months and this effort continued until all equipment was returned home. The show could not have been so successful if it hadn't been for Jim Kline, Dennis Baker, Jerry Leib and Bill Gamble, whose personal expenses amounted to hundreds of dollars. As an example, Jim made 20 trips with his pickup and long gooseneck trailer, Bill Gamble brought 10 tractors, Dennis Baker 15 tractors, Jerry rented a semi for $1000. What did it cost William Bech told and his wife to fly in from Lodi, California, and rent a car and motel? Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mercer, previously an Oliver dealer in Plain City, were invaluable, as was Don Norman from Hallsville, Ohio, who registered everyone. Don Livingston proudly displayed four semi loads including his beautiful crawler with cultivators and an OC-6. The Oliver tractor featured was the old style 88 Standard and surprisingly enough there were seven at the show, including my Industrial Model. Of the five tractors I had on display, the one that developed the most interest was my Oliver 900 Industrial, the eighth one was made in 1946. One of the most beautiful was Ed Ellis's from Howell, Michigan, a 1937 Hart Parr-Oliver Orchard. Two unusual tractors were Bill Gamble's 880 Wheat-land and Jim Kline's 770 Orchard. Keith Woods of Indianapolis correctly identified the 880. David Martin, after he tinkered with his early 88 Standard, tinkered with my Industrial. Mike Hodapp was proud of his beautiful 66 and Oliver Hart Parr. There were three Oliver lawn tractors, a 75,105,125. Bill Meeker, wife Kay and son Sam were kept busy at the hospitality tent. The three large tents acted as a gathering place and showroom where Jerry McMillian was set up with Jerry Erickson and Lyle Dumont from Iowa selling decals, and Dave Stiner and Richard Lynch selling new side curtains. There were so many that made sizeable contributions to the show, like Bobby Quigley, who brought eight tractors, that it is difficult to give all the credit that is due.

In the evening people went to the school, just outside the gate, where the banquet was held. It was very enjoyable eating with and talking to the many people from seven states. Wayne Wiltse, president, was master of ceremonies. He introduced Kurt Aumann from Nakomis, Illinois, a collector, editor and publisher of the Hart-Parr-Oliver News Magazine and auctioneer for the evening. The many donated items to be sold brought $ 1100 to help out the club treasury. The enthusiastic group vowed to meet at the National Show next year in Freeport, Illinois.

The Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association is one of the oldest continuous shows in the country. Through the years it has lived up to its reputation of trying to have events of interest for everyone. The big flea market and craft center is always busy. The horse show has its followers; then there is thrashing, saw milling, shingle making, plywood milling. The yearly auction finds new homes for hundreds of items. The gas engines play a major role in the attractions at Plain City.

It wouldn't be complete without the restored old cars and steam engines. It must be good, as John Wiggins brought his whole family from Springfield, Tennessee and Kermit Kibler brought his 25-50 Avery and Allen Be all came from Indiana to kibitz.