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Wheels of Yesteryear

Antique Power Show and Festival

August 9-11, 2013

State Road 1, Bluffton, Indiana

Located at the Wells County 4-H Park on the south edge of Bluffton

 

              

 featuring  OLIVER  Tractors & Equipment 

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The Oliver Farm Equipment Company was an American farm equipment manufacturer from the 20th century. It was formed as a result of a 1929 merger of four companies:[1] the American Seeding Machine Company of Richmond, Indiana, Oliver Chilled Plow Works of South Bend, Indiana, Hart-Parr Tractor Company of Charles City, Iowa, and Nichols and Shepard Company of Battle Creek, Michigan

On November 1, 1960, the White Motor Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio purchased the Oliver Farm Equipment Company.[2]

Four companies joined forces on April 1, 1929. The Oliver Chilled Plow Company dated from 1855. Hart-Parr Tractor Company began operations in 1897, and the American Seeding Machine Company, dated back to 1848. Nichols and Shepard Company, likewise began operations in 1848.

By 1929, each of these companies had essentially outgrown its usefulness to the industry. For most of them, the market had some time earlier reached a saturation point. In some instances, their machines were badly dated and rapidly approaching obsolescence. For each of these companies to have attempted further activity on solo basis would almost have certainly been disastrous. By uniting their various and somewhat diverse product lines into a single company, Oliver Farm Equipment instantly became a virtual full-line manufacturer.In 1960, the new f

In 1948, Oliver was ready with an entirely new line of tractors. These were built over the successes of the past, including the Oliver 60, 70, and 80 tractors.

The latter was even built with a diesel engine, although very few were sold. However, in the 1950s, Oliver was an industry leader through their promotion of diesel power. Oliver led the industry in the sale of diesel tractor for several years.

The Oliver 66, 77 and 88 tractors of the 1948 to 1954 period, marked an entirely new series of Fleetline models. The 77 and 88 could be bought with either gasoline or diesel engines. During 1954, the company upgraded these tractors with the new "Super" series models, and added the Oliver Super 55. It was the company's first compact utility tractor.

In 1958, Oliver began marketing the new 660, 770, 880, 990, and other new models.

Four-digit tractor models appeared. Among them were the 1600, 1800 and 1900 models. In 1969 White Motor Corporation formed White Farm Equipment Company, almost immediately after a transitional period when virtually identical tractors were marketed under different trade names. A few models were sold as Oliver, Minneapolis, or Cockshutt, the major difference being the paint colour. As the transaction continued, the White name was more and more applied to the tractor line, with the Oliver 2255, also known as the White 2255, being the last purely "Oliver" tractor. With the introduction of the White 4-150 Field Boss in 1974, the White name would be used, henceforth to the exclusion of all others.

White Motor Corporation shut down the original Oliver Chilled Plow Works factory (factory no. 1) in 1985. The Oliver buildings remained vacant until 2002 when most were demolished to make way for an industrial park.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

 

 

Saturday night , Aug. 10th - Michando Truck and Tractor pull 7 pm

 

AUCTION RETURNING SATURDAY MORNING Aug 10th

 

Opening parade on Thursday evening Aug. 8th @6:00 pm

Threshing and harvesting demonstrations, Machinery and equipment display

Tractor pulls Friday and Saturday 

Garden tractor pull on Sunday, Stock & modified

Antique car and truck display, Collectibles Exhibits, Toy Farmer displays

Trading Post - buy/sell farm collectibles, equipment and parts

"Be-Sew-Happy" quilt show and pre- 1840 historic encampment

Several food vendors, craft and flea marketers, and toy sales

Biscuit & Gravy breakfast on Friday morning

Pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday morning

Sunday breakfast and worship services 

 Kidís Peddle Pull Sat. 9:00   Optimist Club sponsor

 

Live entertainment 

Saturday noon: Unity


Accomodations 

Camping: Camping is available on the grounds

Oubache State Park,  KOA Bluffton Campground

Area Motels: 

1. Bluffton Inn & Suites  260-824-5553    100 Charles Deam Ct.  (Best choice) 1 mi.

2. Holiday Inn Express  260-824-4455   1782 N Main St.   3 mi.

3. Budget Inn  260-824-0820   1090 N. Main St.  2 mi.

 

 

For more information contact:

President: Dorrance Stinson   260/466-1157

Vice-President: Chad Captain 260/417-6488

 

Historic Pioneer Encampment on the grounds.