Oliver Green at Wapakoneta

| January/February 1996

4777 Upper Valley Pike, Dayton, Ohio 45424

The Oliver Gang, a collector's club with members principally from Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, was instrumental in the fine showing of 101 Oliver tractors and other Oliver machinery at the Wapakoneta, Ohio, show held May 26, 27, and 28, 1995. From the small 60 standard to the giant 2655 and the models in between, the tractors were in their show dress.

Club president Bill Gamble, assisted by his wife Margaret, brought seven tractors. There was no shortage of enthusiasm for Oliver collecting. Bill Campbell brought equipment all the way from Kinmount, Ontario, Canada.

The Oliver Gang met for the banquet at 5:00 p.m. with 90 people enjoying a fine meal and a fun time. Jim Vickroy of Lancaster, Ohio, played and sang a song titled 'The Oliver '88' which he wrote in memory of his father.

Awards were presented to Joe and Jannette Hurtle of Ohio City, Ohio, for having the lowest membership number. Roger Blue was thanked for sending over 50 personal letters to people inviting them to the Wapakoneta Show. Everyone enjoyed the talk by Doug Etzkorn, president of the Buckeye Farm Antiques, Inc. Club, which this year sponsored their sixth annual show at Wapakoneta.

This show, although quite new, has certainly grown; this year had over 300 tractors in addition to the Olivers. There were 239 gas engines and a good flea market. The auction has grown so much that it had to limit articles submitted for sale. Many tractors were included in the auction.