Blogs, what’s in a blog? In an effort to make Huskerspot more diverse I thought I would make a few attempts at a couple blogs that have more about living in Nebraska (the good life) verses Husker sports.
It is an interesting story how one ends up on the Spot 30 plus years after leaving the state where one grew up. How I ended up growing up in Nebraska is an enigma within an enigma (that’s another story).
One of the more prevalent memories growing up in Nebraska is playing a game similar to Slug Bug. It was finding and pointing out the different tractors that would be found along the road side parked outback at a local farm house. Names like Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, Gleaner and Farmall. We could spot the different make by their distinct colors. My first official girlfriend to speak family only drove Case tractors, they only drove Dodge vehicles and this was in the early 80s so what does that say. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post some vintage pictures of vintage tractors and would love to hear anyone’s stories about their experiences growing up:
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. By uniting their various and somewhat diverse product lines into a single company, Oliver Farm Equipment instantly became a virtual full-line manufacturer.
White Motor Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio had a long history of truck manufacturing. On November 1, 1960, White Motor acquired Oliver, changed the name to Oliver Corporation, and made it a wholly owned, separately operating subsidiary of the White Motor Corporation.
White also acquired Cockshutt Farm Equipment of Canada in February 1962, and it was made a subsidiary of Oliver Corporation. Cockshutt had also previously, in 1928, marketed tractors made by Hart-Parr, and again from 1934 through the late 1940s it marketed tractors made by Oliver, only changing the paint color to red, and changing the name tags to Cockshutt. Minneapolis-Molina became a wholly owned subsidiary of White Motor Corporation in 1963. The Cockshutt and Minneapolis-Moline lines were blended into that of Oliver until there was virtually no difference between them.
In 1960, the new 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 and combines were marketed under different trade names. A few models were sold as Oliver, Minneapolis, or Cockshutt, the major difference being the paint color. 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.