Hazard A Guess: Week of June 11, 2009


Hello from Hazard!

This week, we heard from David and James Miller of Louisville, Ohio, who also knew Item No. 863 was used for washing clothes.

Reva Montgomery had shared the item, which we identified in last week’s column (thanks to Gene Halliwill).

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Jason Michaels of Mercer, Pa., was the first (and only one, so far) to identify Item No. 864 — the lunchbox-looking thing we first showed last week.

“Where’s the fishing lure,” he asks?

“The item pictured is a homemade ‘Lake George’ trolling reel,” Michaels said in his e-mail to Hazard. “They were actually quite common in the area around Lake George, Mich.”

They were mostly made from Victrola parts and “worked great for using spoons to catch steelhead, salmon and lake trout.”

Now, I know Hazard’s never had a trolling reel before! It was a pretty cool gizmo (we saw it when Larry Bennett of Salem brought it in to be photographed). Thanks, Jason, for the quick response!

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Item No. 865

This week, we turn to an item submitted by William Shriber of Hartville, Ohio, who inherited the tool some 60 years ago. Can anyone tell us how Item No. 865 was used? (There are some markings, but we’ll hold that information for a clue next week if no one answers before then.)

Send your answers to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

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