The 'One and Only' built by Ed Erickson, Potter, Nebraska, piloted by Martin Block, Sidney, at the West Nebraska Threshing Bee, Bridgeport, Nebraska, 1959.
The following report was misplaced unintentionally and we are publishing it now with our apologies -Elmer
The West Nebraska Threshing Bee was held at Bridgeport, Nebraska, in August 1959, with a large crowd in attendance. The attendance in 1958 was estimated at 500, in 1959 at least 1200, which was very encouraging to the men who put on the show. We are adding new equipment each year, and hope to continually improve the show.
We had two full-size steamers on hand in 1959 - Lenard Woznick's Woods Bros. and my Huber, two scale model case engines, and a number of small models and pop corn engines. Included in the small models was a threshing outfit built by the Smolczek Bros, of Ogallalla. This outfit stood about 14 inches high, and included a steamer, a Hart Parr, and a thresher that worked. There was a long line of internal combustion engines, including among others, a Ford conversion, a Rumely, and Mogul.
The Old Car Club from Sidney was in attendance with a number of antique cars, all of which came to the show under their own power.
Activities of the day included threshing with a steel separator, demonstrations on the Baker fan, grinding with a horsepower, tug-of-war with the kids and one of the scale models and the highlight was threshing oats with Cecil Roger's hand fed Aultman Taylor.
Many interesting items were on display or in use, such as Cecil Roger's fancy buggy, taking a lot of passengers during the afternoon, and Cecil's team of Highland oxen which saw duty on the water wagon.