Mid 1920s 1 row mounted Nichols and Shepard corn picker mounted on model F Fordson. Owned by Dan Zilm, Claremont, MN.
The 10th annual summer convention of the National Hart-Parr/Oliver Collectors Association (HPOCA) will be held in conjunction with the 27th annual Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show, August 25, 26 , 27, 2000. The Pioneer Power show grounds are located six miles east of Le Sueur, Minnesota, on County Road 26.
1991 was the first year for a summer show for the HPOCA. People knew at that time that there would be plenty of Oliver tractors and equipment to put on a show. Ever since that first fledgling show, the membership and size of the summer shows have grown tremendously. The national membership now stands at nearly 7,000, and at the annual summer show it is not uncommon to see between 250 and 300 Olivers and related tractors on hand plus many pieces of equipment.
The Hart-Parr/Oliver Collectors take in several other well-known early manufacturers of equipment, such as Nichols &. Shepard Company of Battle Creek, Michigan, who were builders of early steam engines, threshing machines, and eventually started building their own line of gas tractors. N&S Co. was also an early maker of combines and corn pickers. Another prominent related company is the Cleveland Tractor Company (Cletrac) of Cleveland, Ohio. Cletrac were builders of crawler tractors dating back to 1916. A few other prominent names that are related to Oliver are the American Seeding Company, Oliver Chilled Plow Works, Ann Arbor Machine Company, A. B. Farquhar Company, and Be-Ge Manufacturing Company, just to name a few. 1929 was the year that the merger of the American Seeding Company, Oliver Chilled Plow Works, Nichols & Shepard Company, and Hart-Parr Company formed the Oliver Farm Equipment Company. During the next 30 years Oliver would acquire a number of short line equipment companies and in 1960 the Oliver Corporation was sold to the White Motor Corporation. The Oliver name would stay prominent until 1975, when it was dropped and a new line of White Farm Equipment tractors appeared.
At Le Sueur this summer you will see a 1903 Hart-Parr 3 HP inverted oil engine, Hart-Parr washing machine, 1928 one row mounted Nichols & Shepard corn picker, a huge 1913 36 x 60 Nichols & Shepard wooden threshing machine, plus many other surprises that you will have to see in person. One of our goals is to have a tractor for every year possible lined up in a row, which should be quite a sight. Pioneer Power is a working show with lots of things to do with your equipment, such as plowing, belting your tractor to the sawmill, threshing, and we usually have two or three machines going continuously, test your horsepower on the dyno, or enter the tractor pull and see what it can do, or try your driving skill at the barrel race. The 60 x 130-foot 'Feature Building' will be a beehive of activity with various displays, vendors, HPOCA and Oliver chapter information. The feature tractor will be the 18-36 Hart-Parr and we are expecting a good turnout of lightweight Hart-Parr tractors built between 1918 and 1930.
Come and meet the collector-restorers that help keep alive the heritage of this wonderful equipment. The Hart-Parr Collectors and the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power will try and show everyone in attendance the story of all the companies that make up the Finest in Farm Machinery.
For more information on the Hart-Parr/Oliver Collectors write to the Hart-Parr/Oliver Collector, PO Box 685, Charles City, Iowa 50616.