About Us


The Oliver Gang
Founded 1992

On November 22, 1992, forty-two Oliver enthusiasts met at Bear Creek Farm near Bryant, Indiana and organized the Oliver collectors group. Mike Hodupp conducted the business meeting. Bill Gamble was chosen as president, Larry Widner was elected secretary, and Mary Hodupp was elected as treasurer.

Our first Spring Fling was held April 4, 1993 at Harold Kline's place (who has since passed away). Harold was Jim Kline's dad. We chose the name, "THE OLIVER GANG", for our collectors group. There were 60 to 70 people present.

On August 7, 1993, during a short business meeting following the Findlay, OH. tractor show banquet, we voted 32 to 16 to become the first chapter of the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association.

In the fall of 2001, new by-laws were adopted by the Oliver Gang. Membership in the Oliver Gang is $5 (US funds) per year. A membership in the Oliver Gang includes a subscription to the newsletter , which is sent out three times a year. A membership application can be seen and printed out by clicking here. Oliver Gang members should be HPOCA members. The Oliver Gang supports the HPOCA Winter Get-Together and the HPOCA Summer Show.

The Oliver Gang raises other funds by selling U.S. made replacement Oliver gauges, George Shaffner hydraulic seminar tapes, Oliver wind chimes , Oliver throw blankets , Serial number cards , plus much more at the various shows that we attend.

For our summer show, the Oliver Gang chooses a tractor show that features Oliver and Hart-Parr tractors to support each year and organizes a Saturday night banquet. Other tractor shows featuring Oliver are listed on our upcoming events calendar .

The Oliver Gang Spring Fling is held each April. An Oliver user, collector, or admirer invites us to their home for the day. This one day event is a chance for everybody to catch up with each other after a long winter. Women's activities are also an important element of the day. The Oliver Gang holds elections at this time.

The Oliver Gang Fun and Plow Day is held in September. The host family has approximately 60-80 acres to plow. We bring our tractors and plows to use and display. A day of fun and fellowship is enjoyed by all. A church group or club usually sells lunch items. The ladies are asked to bring a cake and The Oliver Gang furnishes ice cream for the afternoon treat. Most tractors are Olivers, but others are welcome. Again, the women have planned activities.

Our members are mostly from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and parts of Canada. No one is turned away if they care to participate in our activities.

OFFICERS

President:
Bob Miller

Vice President:
Dixie Taggart

Treasurer:
Bev Fischer

Secretary:
Paul Demske

DIRECTORS

Jane Goshe
Glen Yager
Ken Guile
Morris Hart
Dick Westerhouse