The Annual Northeast Nebraska Threshers Show and Reunion was held September 27 and 28, 1969 at the Wm. J. Mayberry Farm. The crowds and displays were bigger and better than the past with antique cars from Yorktown, South Dakota, gas engines from near and far and scale model steam engines steamed up and performing for anyone that had time to stop and watch.
The sawmill was operated each day making lumber or boards for the owner of the logs to take home and use on his ranch. It was powered most of the time by the beautifully restored return flue Huber.
The hand feed thresher with web stacker was operated each day with six teams of Belgian mares that had baby colts on the grounds. This gave the children a special sight to enjoy. The mares did a good job furnishing the power to thresh a stack of oats.
The eight traction engines gave the eight antique tractors stiff competition in the parade that was held each day. Different makes of traction engines were: Case, Minnie, Aultman-Taylor, Advance Rumely and Huber. The tractor lineup was Flour City, Avery Oil Pull, Holt, Aultman-Taylor, Best, and Rock Island.
The antiques in and around the log cabin was of a larger display this year.
Again the Niobrara organizations did a first rate job of feeding the people in Mr. May berry's large machine shed. It is large enough for kitchen and dining area.
When Sunday evening came, everyone was tired after a successful show and they all had a good time --so plan on attending next year as it will be bigger and better than 69. See you in 70!
Mr. Frank Van Duzer, 507 N. Butrick, Waukegan, Illinois 60085, passed away on January 8, 1970. He was a machinist 1st Class and tool and dye maker at Johns Manville, retiring September 1, 1966 after 44? years work. He owned and operated Kenosha Kiddyland for 18 years.
In the 30's he designed and built his own airplane which was test flown by my brother Harold Van Alstine.
Sent in by Miss Hazel Van Alstine.