Steinauer, Nebraska 68441
Four hole Sandwich Corn Sheller at the Southeast Nebraska Hobby Show, in action. Bob Coudyras of Lewiston is trying to keep it full while the owner, leaning on box wagon without hat, looks on. He is Oswald Wehrbein of Burchard, Nebraska, the present owner. Sheller was purchased new by his father, Henry Wehrbein, in January of 1915. Courtesy of Edwin H. Bredemeier, Steinauer, Nebraska 68441.
The Northeast Nebraska Threshers Reunion was held September 26 and 27, 1970, at the Wm. J. Mayberry farm East of Niobrara, Nebraska, with most of the work load on Mr. Mayberry. The weather was perfect and large enthusiastic crowds attended both days. There was steam engines, both large and small. Gas and oil tractors, gasoline engines, horses and ponies, antique cars, machinery and trucks added to the show.
There were parades each day. There was sawmill operating and steam plowing with 8-19' J. D. independent beam plow and horsepower threshing with six teams of horses on the horsepower hooked up to a Nichols and Shepard hand feed, web stacker thresher that stole the show while operating.
There was a toss-up as to who came the furtherest with their scale model steam engine. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Meyer of DuBois, Nebraska, in southeast part of the state with his Advance or Edd Jacobs of Clay Center, Kansas, and his nice Buffalo Pitts or Emil Bradenhoop of Kensington, Kansas, with his Case. There were other small scale engines and they were always busy each day doing their stuff.
The gasoline engine display was larger this year than ever before 15 hp. size on down and some operated all day, each day. The gas tractor department was represented by Caterpillar 20 x 30 Fordson, Aultman-Taylor, 10 ton Holt, Flour City Oil Puller, Avery and several other makes.
On Sunday, the Yankton, S. D., Antique Auto Club was on the grounds with a very nice collection of restored and preserved autos that anyone would be proud to own.
The sawmill was busy each day converting cotton wood saw logs into lumber. I was told that the rancher who brought the logs was using the lumber on his ranch. It was the first time a lot of people actually saw logs sawed into lumber. The engine men changed engines and tractors at different times of the day. A crowd was always around the sawmill except when the horsepower threshing outfit started.