Hart Parr-Oliver Collectors' Winter Meeting

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The Hart Parr-Oliver Collector's Association held their annual Winter Get-Together at the Elk's Club, Jeffersonville, Indiana, February 15, 1992. The date was timely set when the National Farm Machinery Show was in progress at Louisville, Kentucky. This was a double incentive for the people to break out of their warm winter hibernation in front of the TV.

Ken Steinback of Cambridge, Ohio, using his own vast literature collection plus contributions from Mike Hodupp and others, put up a fine display at the Machinery Show. His six days at the show resulted in many new members coming into the club. Others who willingly gave their time at the display were Mike Hodupp of Van Buren, Indiana, and Landis Zimmerman from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, who has a crawler parts and welding business.

Next to the Oliver display Pat Ertl had his colorful stand where he sold many new subscriptions to his Antique Power magazine.

Beyond Pat was the IHC display, highlighted by a beautifully restored Farmall C. This created a lot of interest in the Red Power Club and added many new members.

The activities started at noon Saturday at the Elk's Club. Mary Hodupp and Hope Daley greeted the arrivals and gave out name tags. Fresh coffee and cookies were nearby, which put a smile on everyone's face.

It was easy to tell we were at the Oliver Convention by all the banners, pictures, and signs displayed. One end of the large room was devoted to displays of literature, parts and toys, not all of which were for sale. Much in evidence was Jerry Erickson with his vast array of literature. Jim and Betty Smith had a large number of Oliver toys to sell. Mark Schuller had a display of not for sale items, but as a convention committeeman he didn't stay at his table much. His father, Roger, and his mother also helped with the affair.

The programs for the ladies started at 1 p.m. and soon thereafter the large TV was used for VCR tapes from early Oliver promotions. The men enjoyed these as they reflected on their early experiences with 70-77-88 Olivers.

At 3 p.m. Mike Hoddup assisted by Blaine Bolte had a program on the Oliver 70. Teams were selected to compete on a question and answer game using literature. This was very enjoyable and proved some collectors are very knowledgeable about this model. During this session it was learned the cab, made by McLaughlin of Illinois, was very rare. Interestingly enough George Carter purchased such a cab in Illinois at an estate sale for $2.00 for which I had bid $600 many years ago at another sale, and didn't get it. Bob Tallman, for years a dealer, helped to answer many questions. Later Larry Widner helped Mike Schuller give a discussion about side panels, steel and aluminum. Here we learned Mike has two of those very rare Oliver 900 tractors, but he needs 32' tires.

The banquet with roast beef, chicken and all the trimmings momentarily slowed the tractor discussion. After the dessert, Mike Hoddup as MC asked questions of the men and the women, and those first with the correct response got a prize. This was followed by inquiries as to whom had what and the most of it. One question was, 'Who had the most Oliver 70 tractors? Bruce Yamnitz won with seventeen. I won for having 26 made by different manufacturers.

The auction that followed was of items donated to the club to raise money. These were actively bid on with the handmade Oliver flag going for $50; this was donated by the Mitchells.

The next morning saw the collectors gathering in the motel office to share complimentary coffee and donuts before saying farewell and vowing to make the organization bigger and better.

On A Humorous. Historic Note:

The following is reprinted from ' 'Dying For Change.'

Some of us are never comfortable with change. But that has always been the case, as this letter written in 1829 by Gov. Martin Van Buren of New York to President Andrew Jackson indicates:

'The canal system of this country is being threatened by the spread of a new form of transportation known as 'railroads.' The Federal government must preserve the canals for the following reasons:

'One. If canal boats are supplanted by 'railroads,' serious unemployment will result. Captains, cooks, drivers, hostlers, repairmen and lock tenders will be left without means of livelihood, not to mention the numerous farmers now employed in growing hay for the horses.

'Two. Boat builders would suffer and towline, whip and harness makers would be left destitute.

'Three. Canal boats are absolutely essential to the defense of the United States. In the event of the expected trouble with England, the Erie Canal would be the only means by which we could ever move the supplies so vital to waging modern war.

'As you may well know, Mr. President, 'railroad' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by 'engines' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed.'