Hazard A Guess: Week of June 12, 2003

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Hello from Hazard!

Marjorie Blair of Beallsville, Ohio, writes with a resounding “I agree!” to our response last week that the mystery box was used to make Limburger cheese.

Blair says the box was used to mold and drain the whey from the cheese curd.

“I well remember helping my mother put the curd into the Limburger box to drain,” Blair adds. “It was left in the box overnight and then removed and lightly salted and left to age … so delicious!”

Very interesting and our thanks to you for writing to lend an “amen” to the Limburger answer.

A note. Hazard a Guess received a note from probably our oldest and most loyal Hazard reader, James Coleman of Wellsville. Mr. Coleman is 90 and shared a guess on Item No. 681 as a popcorn popper. It was a lot of fun to read his comments.

“Many a cold, winter night, we would make popcorn on the old coal kitchen stove. To me, at my age of 90 years, it was better than watching the idiot box (TV) or chasing the computer for junk mail,” he writes.

“At Christmas, we would string the popcorn on a string and put it on our live Christmas tree,” Coleman adds. “Mother would take red cake dye and dip some so we had red and white strings on the tree with other ornaments.

“I have seen a lot of changes in my 90 years of good life.”

It certainly is amazing, isn’t it, when you stop to think about all the changes we’ve all witnessed – but many of our elders have seen a tumultuous time of technology, innovation and lifestyle changes.

Item No. 682. Coleman also added a guess on Item No. 682, which he says is a metal wood expander bit, primarily used to drill holes in wooden doors to install a lock.

Reader Les Howell, who submitted the item, had another use for the tool. Can anyone add their 2 cents’ worth?

We’ll show it here one more week. 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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