June 2014 Mystery Tool A
Gravity milk/cream separator. Whole milk direct from the cow was poured into this container through cheesecloth, which would strain out any foreign material. Cool well water was added; a few hours later, the cream rose and could be skimmed off. Identified by Harold Parman, Topeka, Kansas; Ronald Deisher, Marshall, Illinois; Lloyd Florence, Council Grove, Kansas; Dale White, Stanton, Michigan; Lawrence B. Meyer, Maryville, Missouri; Bob Collins, Union City, Michigan; Wendell Nutt, Axtell, Nebraska; Glenn Brendle, Gap, Pennsylvania; Richard Bader, Middletown, New York; Bob Spencer, Stanton, Iowa; Calvin and Henrietta Baas, Falmouth, Michigan; Don Ammons, Hoxie, Kansas; Perry D. Duvall, Winchester, Virginia; Duane Craig; Jerry Otto, Shoreview, Minnesota; Larry Elgin, Burlingame, Kansas; Richard D. Hart, Elgin, Illinois; Bob Stevens, Coin, Iowa; Jo Gwinn, Helena, Oklahoma; Dennis Heisdorffer, Hedrick, Iowa; Darrel King, Ramah, Colorado; George Fogle, Mason, Michigan; Frank Carey, Monson, Massachusetts; L.D. Schnake, Overland Park, Kansas; Edward Kern, Seymour, Indiana; Ned Newkirk, Moreno Valley, California; OK Blackstone, Caribou, Maine; Sharon Majors, Mt. Carmel, Illinois; Dennis O’Brien, Mazeppa, Minnesota; Harold Metternick, Alto, Michigan; Larry Haigh, Bellevue, Michigan; Dennis Merlau, Delton, Michigan; Loren A., Fulton, Ohio; Jim Hemann, St. Rose, Illinois; Roger and Joanne Dale, Hanley Falls, Minnesota; Donald D. Sarchet; Royle Bailard, Alto, Michigan; Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Garrison Brown, Eastville, Virginia; Tom Cleveland, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; Wayne Rowell, Wilmington, Vermont; Joseph Harner, Roanoke, Virginia; Hugh Grim, Spokane, Washington; Merle Tank, Oxford Junction, Iowa; Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minnesota; Robert Trunk, Princeton, Minnesota; Dick McGuire, Cambridge, N.Y.; Carroll Kerley, Peck, Kansas; Harold Jehle, Baldwin City, Kansas; Jessie Coyle, Cottontown, Tennessee; Francis Sperfslage, Edgewood, Iowa; Louis Harnish, Wayland, Michigan; Wallace Kruse, Goose Lake, Iowa; Melvin Milner, Hobart, Indiana; Erwin Fullerton, S. Woodstock, Vermont; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dilling, Kings, Illinois; Melvin Glick, Hartsville, Indiana; Larry Schultz, Fennimore, Wisconsin; Harry Bartosch, Schulenburg, Texas; Mil Harr, Centennial, Colorado; Dean Wealing; J.J. Likens, Tompkinsville, Kentucky; Lloyd Weber, Riverside, Iowa; Jim Monroe, Culpeper, Virginia; Steve Sylvester, Centuria, Wisconsin; Jim Glascock, Cedar Grove, Indiana; Leon Janzen, Ellsworth, Kansas; Robert Heitman, Grand Marsh, Wisconsin; Jerry Culey, Gillette, Wyoming; Merle Tank, Oxford Junction, Iowa; Paul Atha, St. Joseph, Missouri; John Wilding, Hermann, Missouri; Phil Gent, Monmouth, Iowa; Wesley Miller, Onawa, Iowa; Rosa (White) Brock, Lindsborg, Kansas; Gary Dix, Pendleton, Indiana. Photo submitted by Charles Cochran, Shelbyville, Indiana.
June 2014 Mystery Tool B
Poultry killing device. Identified by Stephen Clemens, Dale White, Richard Bader, Garrison Brown, Harold Jehle, Erwin Fullerton, J.J. Likens, Jim Glascock. See patent no. 2,081,229. Photo submitted by Bob Michaelis, Lagrangeville, N.Y.
June 2014 Mystery Tool C
Fence stretcher. Bob Spencer, Garrison Brown, Larry Haigh, Stephen Clemens, Royle Bailard, Harold Kaufman, Harold Jehle, Dale White, Jessie Coyle, Wallace Kruse, Erwin Fullerton, Melvin Glick, Paul Atha, John Wilding, Paul Stav, Helena, Montana; Don Ward, Caledonia, Illinois; James F. Bowdle, Columbus, Ohio; Virgil Koci, Topeka, Kansas; Dan Foor, Groveport, Ohio; Wayne Yeoman, Orangeville, Illinois; Wendell Starkebaum, Higginsville, Missouri; Gary Rose, Nevada, Missouri; Robert F. Phillips, Newberry, Florida; Daniel Akers, Floyd, Virginia; Mel Weddle, Fountaintown, Indiana; Fred Blau, Reading, Minnesota. See patent no. 912,845. Photo submitted by William Longcore, Sparta, Mich.
June 2014 Mystery Tool D
Hand-whittled corn husking peg. Identified by Harold Parman, Ronald Deisher, Richard Bader, Garrison Brown, Lloyd Florence, Stephen Clemens, Dale White, Bob Collins, Leonard Keifer, Glenn Brendle, OK Blackstone, Robert Trunk, Wendell Starkebaum, Dick McGuire, Carroll Kerley, Steve Sylvester, Jim Glascock, Robert Heitman, John Wilding, Gary Dix, Harold Jehle, Robert F. Phillips, Jessie Coyle, Francis Sperfslage, Erwin Fullerton, Melvin Glick, J.J. Likens, Louis Harnish, Frank Carey, George Fogle, Larry Haigh, Wayne Rowell, Royle Bailard, Joseph Harner, Ken Bolton, Fall Creek, Wisconsin; Harold Kaufman, Porterfield, Wisconsin; Clarence Melton, Emden, Illinois; Bob Wittersheim, Saline, Michigan; Larry Buckner, Traverse City, Michigan; Billy Cooper, Irvine, Kentucky; Leo Yelk, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Fred Space, Sussex, New Jersey.
June 2014 Mystery Tool E
Mouth speculum for sheep or goats. Identified by Harold Parman, Bob Spencer, Duane Craig, Lloyd Florence, Garrison Brown, Dale White, Richard Bader, Wendell Nutt, Dennis Merlau, Royle Bailard, George Fogle, Frank Carey, Wendell Starkebaum, Carroll Kerley, Harold Jehle, Erwin Fullerton, Jim Glascock, John Wilding, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dilling, Francis Sperfslage, Bob Wittersheim, Ned Newkirk, Harold Kaufman, Les Zwink, Gibbon, Nebraska; Blaine Horrocks, Neola, Utah; David E. Hawker, Frederick, Maryland; Alfred Holscher, Elwood, Nebraska; Sheldon Malmedal, Linton, North Dakota; William Dykhuis, Hallock, Minnesota; Richard Stuenkel, Monee, Illinois; Orville Elmshaeuser, Wilton, Iowa; Roger Elmshaeuser, Ogallala, Nebraska; Evan R. Johnson, Walton, Kansas. “This is an oral speculum used for prying open the mouth of the patient to administer medications,” Garrison says. “The two crossbars are inserted horizontally behind the upper and lower canine teeth then levered vertically to open the mouth. I have used this tool for many years on hogs and sheep.” Photo submitted by Brian Lenz, Palmer, Iowa.
April 2014 Mystery Tool A
Apparatus for use in repairing commutators, used in connection with the overhaul and repair of direct current and universal motors and generators. In such undertakings, it was generally necessary to resurface the device’s commutator. Identified by Gerald Sundberg, Deluth, Minn. See patent no. 2,170,389. Photo submitted by Dale Will, Caro, Mich.
April 2014 Mystery Tool B
Unidentified. Photo submitted by Don Schroeder, Berger, Mo.
April 2014 Mystery Tool C
Saw jointer used to level the teeth on large saws to make them all the same length. Identified by Dale Halonie, Webster, Wis.; H.W. Kemp; Norval Utemark, West Point, Neb.; Roger B. Frey, Hampden, Maine. See patent no. 444,848 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Mike and Judy Penley, Sedalia, Colo.
April 2014 Mystery Tool D
Potato cutter. From the patent description: “The invention relates to vegetable cutting machines, and more particularly to a novel, inexpensively constructed machine for slicing potatoes in preparation for cooking and serving them in a style and form commonly referred to as ‘French fried potatoes.’” Identified by Jack Kalp, Acme, Pa.; Richard Heil, Louisville, Ky.; Glenn Brendle, Gap, Pa.; Jim Couchman, Medford, Okla.; William Evans, St. Joseph, Mo.; Errol D. Gelhaar, Franksville,Wis.; Wayne Rowell, Wilmington, Vt.; John Seibert, Fountain, Minn.; Terry Schmidt; H.W. Kemp; Jill Mayes, Mackinaw, Ill.; Dale Halonie; Roger B. Frey. See patent no. 2,497,289 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Leon Janzen, Ellsworth, Kan.
April 2014 Mystery Tool E
Unidentified. Photo submitted by Jake Ferrari, Newry, Pa.