4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424.
Since the formation of the Hart Parr Oliver Collectors Association more than two years ago, those so inclined have grown in numbers. Clusters of Oliver people have been very visible at shows in addition to the local gatherings in different states. In the Tri-State area of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, there is a great enthusiasm about the darker shade of green, with get-togethers other than the National Organization's winter and summer events.
Bill and Margaret Gamble of Will-shire, Ohio, hosted the second plowing at their beautiful farm on September 12, 1992. Some 250 people attended, some bringing their own tractors and plows. It was a fun day, with plans for another in the future.
A Sunday outing was held at Bear-creek Farms near Bryant, Indiana, on November 22, 1992. This miniature resort with guest houses, craft shops, a live theater and beautiful restaurant, was a fine choice, as we could use the social hall for our meeting and the restaurant for our dining.
The afternoon was spent talking about our hobby and watching videotapes of Oliver activities. Much of the time was spent suggesting ways to make the National H.P.O.C.A. stronger and more viable. It was agreed that this new organization had some growing pains, but any suggestion of a second National Oliver organization was soundly defeated. It was agreed that whatever a local group might do, it should be within the bounds of the Hart Parr Oliver Collectors Association.
After a great dinner of ham and chicken with all the trimmings, Mike Hodupp with a display of elan solicited comments from the cheerful crowd. It was established that a Tri-State club as an adjunct of the H.P.O.C.A. would provide the facility for area meetings and communication. Without the parameters of Roberts' Rules of Order, Bill Gamble became president and Mary Hodupp secretary and treasurer. Mark Schuler will certainly be a big honcho in the group's activities.
Wayne Wiltse, president of the national organization, has scheduled the third annual winter get-together February 6-7, 1993 at the Quality Inn Motel, Collinsville, Illinois. It was timed to coincide with the famed Gateway Farm Toy Show in St. Louis, which is nearby. The national summer meet will be August 19-21 at Prairie Village, Madison, Wisconsin, a favorite gathering place for engine collectors.
The Tri-State group has been invited to the farm of Jim and Laquita Kline near Greenfield, Ohio in March. This will be an enjoyable time to see their large collection of Olivers and enjoy a fine dinner. It was suggested that there be a big showing of Oliver tractors in 1993 at the show in Findley, Ohio.
The passing months have seen the proliferation of publications dealing with tractor and engine collecting. For me, Gas Engine Magazine excels in this subject. What is vitally needed is a publication showing a picture with a descriptive paragraph on every model and modification of a particular make. The Tractor Field Book doesn't go far enough.
What will the conclusion be? Every year there are more collectors and fewer pieces to buy.