We spent the first two days of this year's celebration of Oliver equipment in our air conditioned cave, and with good reason. We are much too old to be out and about in this August's weather offerings. Saturday morning, though, the sky was occluded, the temperature was
lovely and I went to the doings. I strolled leisurely through the
grounds marveling at the ingenuity of our species.
The first set of machinery that caught my eye was a display of
single-cylinder yard and utility tractors. It appears as though these
little monsters could handle a wide variety of chores, up to and including sawing up fallen timber.
Where this collector found the paint for this beauty I know not, but it certainly made the machine a standout in the crowd.
The featured make this year is the Oliver. An old Oliver was the first (and only) tractor that I drove in actual farm work, turning the soil following the wheat harvest in Liberal, Kansas in 1952. Mr. Rohrer had a big hit-and-miss John Deere as well, and my friend Wes was assigned to it.
The Oliver Chilled Plow Company operated out of South Bend, Indiana and had factories in other locales. The company was purchased by White in 1960. White manufactured tractors under the Oliver name, and under the Cockshutt, Minneapolis, and White names as well. The Oliver 2255 also sold as the White 2255 was the last Oliver tractor. From 1974 the company used the White brand only.
This event is held at the Tipton County Fairgrounds each August. I have attended for several years and enjoy it every time, marveling at the machinery and talking to the old guys and gals who love their equipment.