Pierce Old Time Threshing Bee links past to present
Left: Mert Toelle drives the corn-picking wagon with the help of Mick and Mike, his team of Belgian geldings.
Below: This fine collection of horse-drawn vehicles belongs to Mert Toelle of Pierce, Neb.
Left: Under the experienced eye of Keith Huwaldt (right), Gaylen Bierschenk (left) and Ed Huwaldt pitch bundles of oats into Pierce Historical Society’s 28-inch McCormick-Deering threshing machine.
Right: Bernard Voborny is just about to take a slice off this ash log with his 100-plus year old sawmill.
Below: Pioneer women used wagon wheels as rug-making looms. Wanetta Walker keeps that tradition alive with brilliant designs such as this.
Above: Dale Duncan coaxes Bob, a Haflinger gelding, around the sweep gristmill in a grinding demonstration.
Right: Dan and Linda Hamling have found a way to combine interests. Dan enjoys showing the couple’s beautifully restored International Harvester I-4, while Linda enjoys machine quilting. The tractor powers the sewing machine through a generator running off the belt pulley (see article at right).
Right: Rigs such as this 1939 Ford truck-mounted Minneapolis-Moline Model E thresher were commonplace in this country’s corn belt before the advent of the combine. This complete outfit is owned and operated by Lyndon Bierman.