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  • Howard Olsen sale way back when

    Was there a big auction for the Howard Olsen estate 25 or so years ago or was all that stuff sold off quietly and privately? It would kind of sucked for me to miss such an auction, but I also had a bad case of "ain't got no money" at that time in my life. I did go to a little mop up sale and pick up a few odds and ends.

    For that sort of big event that I really regret not seeing is the demolition of my old grade school with explosives. If you've even been a first or second grade age boy, seeing your "bad ol' school getting blowed up real good!" would be a fantasy come true second in coolness only to having a pet dinosaur.
    1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
    1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
    1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
    1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
    1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
    1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

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    Howard lived in Atlantic, Iowa and worked for years for the Studebaker dealer there, Bell Motors. I bought Howard's '37 Coupe Express as well as a lot of parts and literature from his wife. Did not attend an auction. Believe most of the parts were sold in bulk to John Caskey and Frank Van Doorn in Omaha. Frank posts here so he will probably be able to give you further details.
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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    • #3
      I went to the Atlantic Swap Meet in '78 that Mr. Olsen (and a quite a few of the ones that followed). That was sort of a special memory because I went with Grandpa Skow (now gone 30 years), it was the first swap meet that I ever went to, and it was big. Grandpa Skow ran the Standard Oil station in Moorhead, Iowa from '31 to '69 and had the Allis Chalmers dealership from circa '48 to the end.

      Another special memory was when the family went for a parts run to get engine overhaul parts for my '47 Champion, and we all got a tour of his place plus his three barns full of Studebakers and parts and stuff.
      1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
      1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
      1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
      1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
      1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
      1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel View Post
        Howard lived in Atlantic, Iowa and worked for years for the Studebaker dealer there, Bell Motors. I bought Howard's '37 Coupe Express as well as a lot of parts and literature from his wife. Did not attend an auction. Believe most of the parts were sold in bulk to John Caskey and Frank Van Doorn in Omaha. Frank posts here so he will probably be able to give you further details.
        In that case, the parts have since ended up at Stephen Allen's. That was the first inventory Stephen bought when he decided to go back into business.

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        • #5
          How close is Mr. Allen to Omaha?
          1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
          1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
          1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
          1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
          1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
          1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DougHolverson View Post
            How close is Mr. Allen to Omaha?
            We're just outside of Gainesville, Florida.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DougHolverson View Post
              How close is Mr. Allen to Omaha?
              Stephen's middle name is Allen. His last name is Cade.
              So, to be formal, he would be addressed as Mr. Cade, or Stephen Cade.
              Stephen Allen's LLC is the name of his business.
              Jeff

              https://mystudebaker.com/https://www.facebook.com/mystudebaker/

              Last edited by DEEPNHOCK; 07-03-2017, 03:40 PM.
              HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

              Jeff


              Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



              Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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              • #8
                I am one of Howard's grandsons and I can confirm there was no parts auction. The only auction was an equipment auction to clear space and eliminate some of the rented buildings. My grandmother continued to operate the business for a few years and then sold all remaining inventory to John and Frank. Almost all of his 70ish cars, except for about 2, found new homes.

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