Stein Auer, Nebraska 68441
The 1968 Northeast Nebraska Threshers Reunion was held September 28 and 29th at the Wm. J. Mayberry farm, east of Niobrara, Nebraska.
The weather the first day was a little chilly. The second day, the weather was perfect. The crowds came from many states and some foreign countries.
A good program was carried out each day with parades and many activities. There was threshing with a hand feed thresher equipped with web stacker and powered by six nice teams of Belgian mares on the horsepower. The mares had eight nice colts on the grounds that attracted a lot of attention.
The lumber saw was busy at all times, as different engines and tractors tried their power on the lumber saw. They converted a large pile of logs into lumber during the two days.
The two larger threshers at the oats stacks were powered by steam engines and large tractors that created a lot of interest. Many people went to the wagons and examined the nice clean oats - no chaff or sticks!
The Yankton S. D. Antique Auto Club was well represented by a large group of nicely restored cars. They all looked like master artists had a hand in restoring them.
There was a number of scale model steam engines on the grounds, also looking like the results of a master artist. Their owners were busy putting them through their paces, including a scale model Avery thresher complete with feeder, wind stacker and weigher.
Mr. Mayberry kept things moving and there was something going on at all times from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. It is impossible to mention everything and I suggest the readers make plans to attend the show in 1969.
There were seven large steam engines under steam and one that was not steamed up. All these engines, excluding one, were owned by Wm. J. Mayberry. The return flue Huber is owned by Joe Stein Hagen of Dodge Center, Minnesota.
The engine parade line up like this: 80 HP Case, 1923, Wt. 22,000 operated by Jack Wiltman of LeMars, Iowa. An 18 x 35 1 cylinder oil pull operated by Wally Nelson, Valley Springs, S. D., a 1925, 30 x 60 Oil Pull Model X operated by Bill Nolon of Niobrara, Nebraska, then a 1913 30 x 60 Model E Oil Pull, Wt. 14 ton, operated by Herb Honey of Niobrara. Next, a 1916 40 x 80 Avery operated by Dennis Steinbeck, followed by a 10 ton 40 x 70 Flower City operated by J. O. Lee, Irene, S. D., then came Jake Boomgaarden of Ellisworth, Minn, with a 30 x 60 Ault-man Taylor. It weighs 11 ton and was mfg. 1917. Joe Steinhagen was driving the 28 HP Minnie mfg. 1913, wt. 18 ton. Next was L. V. Johannes of David City, Nebr. with a 20 HP Advance Rumely, wt. 13 ton mfg. 1920, then came John Parolek of Schuyler, Nebr. with an 18 HP Ault-man mfg. 1914. Ray Magnuson of Emerson, Neb. had a 1919 20 HP Minn.
A 16 HP Aultman-Taylor was on the grounds but was not fired up. There was the Reichart and Mayberry Special operated by John Cosck of Yorkton, S. D. It resembles the Avery undermounted. Martin Gillhouse of Iowa Falls operated the 1922 65 HP Case and Carl Grosley operated the 10 ton Holt tractor. The above engines are all owned by Wm. J. May berry.
Then Carl Wilke of Minnesota came through with Joe Stein Hagen's 1924-25 HP Huber. Carl Reichart of Niobrara operated Frank Ebensdorfer's 22 x 45 8 ton Aultman-Taylor tractor. Doug Berggren of Wilcox had his nice scale model Case, wt. 1 ton and Ed Zisha of Chapman, Nebr. showed his wonderfully restored 20 x 30 Best tractor.
There was a lot of small scale portable steam engines and one railroad engine on the grounds.
The Niobrara Community Club did a wonderful job feeding the crowds and handling the traffic. Hope to see you at Niobrara in '69!