Hazard A Guess: Week of April 10, 2003.

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Hello from Hazard!

Jack Marshall of Campbell, Ohio, and Walter Fahrny concur with information presented last week (his note was in the mail at the time of our deadline) on Item No. 676. It is a device used by bricklayers for carrying bricks or concrete blocks. These adjustable carriers are still found on construction sites today, he adds.

On to Item No. 677. We received a flood of correct answers on the tool, which is another item still in use today. It is a tool used for removing or adding links to a chain. Our gizmo holds the chain in place, like an anvil, and then you can strike the chain with a hammer to open the links.

This particular model, shared by Wayne Cooper of Fombell, Pa., is stamped with the words, “Easy Chain Detacher No. 1” on the handle.

On a farm, it gets a lot of use (as the one we pictured indicated!) – manure spreaders, corn picker chains, unloaders, you name it.

Many thanks to everyone who wrote in: Bonnie Sherby; James Miller of Louisville, Ohio; Paul McNutt of Sherrodsville, Ohio; Stanley Carpenter, Lewisville, Ohio; Ronald Biebel;

Thomas Price, Salem, Ohio; Warren Morgan, Amsterdam, Ohio; Laura Prigg, Washington, Pa.; Sam Hershberger, Apple Creek, Ohio; James Horley, Aurora, Ohio;

Barry Cornell, Gnadenhutten, Ohio; Glen Lautzenheiser, Adamsville, Ohio; Bud Clapp, Streetsboro, Ohio; Jay Haines, Lowell, Ohio; Stephen Lepki, Cambridge, Ohio; Leland Zurbrugg, Sebring, Ohio; and Donn White, Wooster, Ohio.

I’m sure there might be more in the mail or e-mail.

The new item, Item No. 678, comes from Fred Pero of Hartville, Ohio. It measures about 16 inches long. Do you know what it was used for?

Send your answers to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail: editorial@farmanddairy.com. And if you’re corresponding by e-mail, don’t forget to tell us your name and hometown (I know you get in a hurry to hit that “send” button).

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