| October/November 1986

The photo at above was taken at the Milton, Ontario 'Steam Era' show, Labor Day weekend 1985. This 1927 Hart Parr, model 18-36 was awarded the Garbutt-MacFarlane Trophy as the best restored tractor of pre-1931 vintage. Owner is Harold Kent, R.R. #2, Lynden, Ontario L0R 1T0.

This tractor was bought new by the Meisner family of the Lynden area and custom threshed throughout the district. Mr. Kent purchased the tractor in 1983.

The Hart Parr tractor line and later Oliver was sold in Ontario by John Goodison Threshing Machine Co. of Sarnia. Cockshutt Plow Co. of Brantford also sold later model Oliver-Hart Parr tractors.

The 1951 40 Cockshutt tractor below belongs to Ernest Poeppelman of 32 South Street, Yorkshire, Ohio 45388, who bought it in 1980 and spent the next four years restoring it to like new condition.

'Every part except the rear end and transmission was taken apart, reworked, painted and put back together again. I finished the tractor in August 1984 and my first chance to try it was September 30,1984 at Versailles, Ohio where a group of about fifteen men and their tractors got together for an afternoon of plowing. A perfect performance made the four years of work worth it!'

Above, Jim Whisler and John Peters with some of their engines at the 4th annual Tazewell County Olde Thresher's Show, August 3, 1985. Nearly 1,000 people from Central Illinois gathered at the Alvin Beutel Farm near Tremont for the show. There was a good turnout of gas engines and antique tractors and automobiles, along with smaller displays ranging from Maytag washers to butchering equipment.


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