Sherry Schaefer is a Greenville, Illinois (Bond County) native who was born and raised around tractors and equipment.
She is the CEO of 3-Point Ink, LLC as well as the editor of both Oliver Heritage and Heritage Iron magazines. She is a known expert in the field of tractors, equipment, and the history behind them.
Her grandfather, Ervin Schaefer, was an Oliver tractor dealer in both Granite City and Hamel, Illinois, from 1936 -1965. Her father, Oliver “Ollie” Schaefer, is a used Oliver tractor and equipment dealer in Greenville, Illinois. The Schaefer family also owned and operated a national tractor pulling sled service for more than 25 years beginning in the late 1960s. Schaefer worked alongside her father throughout the pulling sled years. When she was not tractor pulling, she worked as a truck driver hauling grain to elevators along the Mississippi River. The hours she spent on the farm loading grain and tractor pulling gave her vast exposure to tractors of all makes and models to which she gained an affection for.
In 1993, Sherry became the editor of the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors magazine, which focused exclusively on the Oliver brand of equipment. Her experiences with this magazine added to her already solid foundation of knowledge and inspired her to begin her own bi-monthly Oliver publication in 2004, known as Oliver Heritage magazine. Four years into her successful run as editor, she formed her own publishing company, 3-Point Ink, LLC, located in Greenville.
During that time, she also launched another publication, Heritage Iron magazine, which focuses on tractors and equipment of all brands from the 1960 to 1990 era.
Schaefer has authored multiple books, including Farm Tractor Collectibles, (MBI Publishing, 1998), Oliver Tractors, (MBI Publishing, 2001), and Classic Oliver Tractors: History, Models, Variations & Specifications 1855-1976 (Voyageur Press, 2009). Due to its popularity, a second edition of Classic Oliver Tractors was completed in 2018 (Octane Press). She contributed to A Guide to Hart-Parr, Oliver and White Farm Tractors 1901-1996 by Larry Gay, Oliver Farm Tractors by T. Herbert Morrell, Oliver Photographic History by April Halberstadt, and Ultimate American Farm Tractor Data Book Nebraska Test Tractors 1920-1960 by Lorry Dunning. She was also a contributing author to the Red 4WD Tractors book 1957-2017 by Octane Press.
In the February/March 2015, 45th anniversary special edition of Country Woman magazine, Schaefer was highlighted as one of the top “45 Amazing Country Women.”
Sherry’s travels include a 3-week tractor drive across the Australian outback. In 2015, she traveled to Scotland to speak to the descendants of the Oliver family about their heritage. And in 2018, she traveled to New Zealand. She has served as a guest speaker for many tractor events, college classes, and various groups.
In 2003, Schaefer was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to assist with the restoration of the oldest mass-production gasoline tractor in existence. In 2016, she co-hosted a season of Mecum Auction’s Gone Farmin’ television show. She is an executive board member of the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum and a lifelong honorary member of the American Farm Heritage Museum.
Schaefer is a past Vice-President of Farm Rescue and currently serves as President of the board for Greenville's Municipal Airport. As an instrument-rated pilot, she is able to utilize her other passion of aviation into her business by flying herself to many of her interviews and events. In December 2018, she took a 2-week accelerated course to obtain her A&P certification, allowing her to become a certified airplane mechanic.
Favorite Personalities Sherry has Interviewed:
Sam White, Jr. – Former President of Oliver
Jon Kinzenbaw – Kinze Manufacturing
Elmo Meiners – M&W Gear
Therran Tallman – Tallman Baler
“Big Bud” Nelson – Designer of Big Bud
Ollie Cunningham – Grandson of J.D. Oliver
Lou Leviticus – NE Tractor Test Lab Director & survivor of the Holocaust
Ray Bostedt – Director of Printing Dept. at Oliver
Max Armstrong - Ag Broadcaster/TV Personality
Ward McConnell - McConnell Mfg/Artsway Mfg.
Dave Curtis - Rite Mfg.
Doug Steiger - Steiger Tractor Co.