| March/April 1987

  • Oliver 99

  • Oliver 99

1713 E. Walnut Enid, Oklahoma 73701

The story of this tractor, serial no. 513141, started in Charles City, Iowa in 1947 as told to me by W. E. Neal, a kindly gentleman of the Cedar Valley Engine Club, Charles City, Iowa. This tractor was shipped to California as told by the seller, a hotel manager. My dad, J. S. 'Hap' Vogt, bought this tractor on the black market in November 1947 from the hotel manager in Hennessey, Oklahoma for $3620.

I was 3 years old when my parents took me with them to bring the tractor home. It was about a 30 mile drive for my dad to get it to our farm northeast of Enid, Oklahoma where it stayed until 1972. It was then kept on other land that my dad had rented until his final auction in 1979. I took an interest in the old Oliver for restoration so my dad gave it to me in 1979.

My dad was rather proud of the tractor all the time he had it. The only complaint about it was the hard worm-gear steering. I myself grew up around the tractor and the steering was especially hard when I started driving it around the age of 12. A propane system was installed about 1958 and run rather economically with the routine valve jobs, overhauls, tires, and water pump kits during its working life. Most of the farming was done with the 99 until 1960 when a John Deere R was purchased to help, as we had doubled our acreage at that time.

In the summer of 1961 the 99 got its nickname. It all started in the far end of our 80 acre field with a broken rear axle on the John Deere R. In getting it repaired, a man by the name of Jack Harp brought his truck from the local dealer to haul it in. In loading, the rear wheels of the truck had to be dug down. When loaded and ready to pull out, my dad said he would get Ollie to help pull out. This so amused Jack Harp that the name 'Ollie' stuck ever since.

Continued use was made of the 99 until 1973 when it was a second tractor from then on. The acreage was cut and it was used only for times when another driver was available. My dad thought of it as a one man tractor and he drove it when used.


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