Red Wing water cooler expected to bring bidders to Nebraska sale

NEWMAN GROVE, Neb. — Beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 8, the Community Center, downtown Newman Grove, Neb., will be the site of a one-day estate-auction event clearing the collections of Ron Wiese and the late Jackie Wiese. Fowlkes Realty & Auction of Newman Grove, Neb., is administering the sale.

Red Wing 6-gallon water cooler

Though it has an unobtrusive crack on the back side, this 6-gallon Red Wing water cooler with reinforced bung hole is expected to draw a lot of attention from bidders. Photo courtesy Fowlkes Realty & Auction

Red Wing cooler reinforced bung hole

A detailed view of the reinforced bung hole and Red Wing stamp

Pottery selections from the partial auction bill include a Red Wing 6-gallon salt glaze water cooler with front stamp and reinforced spigot (with a light crack on the back side of the cooler), a Clay City pitcher, several pieces of stoneware, crocks, a butter churn and jar.

A partial list of the furniture selections include an oak roll-front kitchen cupboard with enamel top, an oak drop-front bookcase secretary, an oak rocker, oak wardrobe and highboy chest of drawers, parlor tables, church pews and additional kitchen cupboards.

Glass offerings include a Fenton bride’s basket, a cranberry leaded crystal basket, depression-era glass and nesting bowls.

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A floor-model radio, a Maytag wringer washer, a wood/coal combination cook stove, a wicker baby buggy, a lard press, a railroad jack, and a horse harness illustrate the diversity of the estate auction offerings.

Also of interest are several trunks, both wardrobe-style and “camel-back,” needle-worked doilies and linens, many figurines and picture frames.

Knick Knacks

A wide variety of small collectibles will be available at Fowlkes' Oct. 8 estate auction.

For additional photos and a more complete auction bill, visit or contact 402-447-6113 or


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