Hazard A Guess: Week of October 3, 2002


Hello from Hazard.

Four more readers responded with correct identification on Item No. 659, a rim jack used to change tires with split rims in the early years of automobiles.

We heard from John C. Spreng of Loudonville, Ohio; Art Bilek of Norton, Ohio; Tom Collier of Uniontown, Ohio; and Leroy Mannon of Southington, Ohio (who remembers his Dad using one to change tires on the family’s Huppmobile in the 1930s. “As I recall, this operation required a considerable amount of swearing,” Mannon adds!).

The scissors-like Item No. 660 didn’t remain a mystery for long: It’s a candle or kerosene lamp wick trimmer and snuffer. The rounded well catches the carbon and ash cut or crushed off the wick. Many thanks to: Ruth Canankamp of Berlin Center, Ohio; Stephanie Kapel of Willoughby, Ohio; Sandra Smith, Poland, Ohio; Les Howell of Beach City, Ohio; Barry Cornell in Gnadenhutten, Ohio; Duane Smith of Paris, Ohio; Joe Betz of Library, Pa.; and an e-mailer who forgot to include a name/hometown (sorry, towpath99).

Thanks to Gail Bartchy of Salem, who submitted the gadget to Hazard.

This week’s item, Item No. 661, is from Art Teets of Rochester, Pa. Can you hazard a guess as to its use? Send your answers to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

Don’t forget you can check out recent weeks of Hazard a Guess items on our Web site, www.farmanddairy.com. Just click on the Hazard link along the left side.


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