The Oliver Gang
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Bill and Kay Meeker from North Henderson, Illinois, are starting
an Oliver club in their part of the U.S., and are soliciting
suggestions to make the new Midwest Oliver Collectors Club go.
Kenny Steinbeck, who represented the Hart Parr Oliver Collectors
Association, talked to the group about area and local clubs working
with the National organization for the betterment of our hobby. He
said that all members of small groups had to belong to the National
Jim Kline, an officer of the HPOCA, expressed the importance of
peace and harmony in all groups. He and his wife, Laquita, brought
several fine tractors to the show from their farm near Green field,
Mike Hodupp introduced the new editor of the HPOCA magazine,
Sherry Schaefer, daughter of Olly Schaefer, a long time Oliver
collector. Sherry admitted she didn't have experience in this
line of work, but her youthful determination to do a good job will
insure her success.
Keith Woods, well-known for his vast knowledge and literature on
Olivers, introduced speaker Dennis Baker from Richwood, Ohio, who
is one of the foremost collectors in this state. Dennis heard about
an Oliver that was driven from coast to coast, and he began
researching this trip. Dennis learned that Jim Clark, a successful
farmer from Marion, Ohio, conceived the idea of driving an Oliver
990 from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He received the endorsement
from the Oliver Company, the Goodyear Tire Company, and a fuel
company. With all of this support he made the trip using a fast
road gear in just a few weeks. The advertisement benefits exceeded
all expectations and this inspired the second trip which began in
Alaska but ended on the Mexican border when the neighbors to the
south said 'No way, Jose.'
The meeting ended with congratulations and good wishes and
compliments all around. It was agreed that Richard Kimbel and his
wife, Vicky, brought the best re stored tractor, a Massey Ferguson
98an Oliver Super 99 in MF clothing.
It is good to go to the Findlay show with its great flea market,
400 tractors, many gas engines and 50 cent hot dogs.
I asked a man at the banquet from Little Rock how those in
Arkansas like President Bill Clinton. He said those who like a
leader that taxes and spends, love him.
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