Farm Collector


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

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

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.

  • Published on May 1, 1971
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