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Sherry Schaefer, a known expert in the field of tractors, equipment, and the history behind them, is the CEO of 3-Point Ink, LLC, a publishing company based in Greenville, Illinois, that produces Oliver Heritage and Heritage Iron magazines, both of which are circulated worldwide.
June 2018 marked 25 years Schaefer had been an editor of a tractor-related publication. In 1993, she 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, Oliver Heritage. Four years later, Schaefer formed 3-Point Ink and also launched a second publication, Heritage Iron magazine, which focuses on tractors and equipment of all brands from the 1960-1990 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). Her fourth book was a second edition printing of Classic Oliver Tractors (Octane Press, 2018). 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 published by Octane Press in 2017.
Throughout the years, Schaefer’s achievements include selection by the Smithsonian Institution to assist with the restoration of the oldest mass-production gasoline tractor in existence, along with being highlighted in the 45th anniversary special edition (Feb/Mar 2015) of Country Woman magazine as one of the top “45 Amazing Country Women.” Her sense of adventure has taken her across the world, including a three-week tractor drive across the Australian outback, a trip to Scotland to speak to the descendants of the Oliver family, and most recently another speaking engagement took her to New Zealand.
As an instrument-rated pilot, she is able to incorporate her passion for aviation into the business by flying across the country to interviews and events. In December 2019, she completed a two-week accelerated course to obtain her A&P, meaning she is now also a certified aviation mechanic. In her spare time, she crews for a TBM Avenger, a WWII torpedo bomber based in Peru, Illinois.