Hog oiler collectors convene at at Pioneer Park Days
B.Z. Cashman and his collection of oilers. The hog oiler came in all shapes and sizes, designed to administer oil to a hog as it rubbed against it. The oil helped control parasites and vermin: healthier hogs were more profitable hogs.
Sheila and Chris Carson, with their collection. Most oilers have a wheel that dips into an oil reservoir. Old crankcase oil was an inexpensive, favorite medication.
Judy Kock and her grandson, Alex. Hog oilers are just a part of Judy's collection, which also features circus-related artifacts.
Shirley Herlihy's collection. Hog oilers are becoming very scarce, she said, as there were not many to begin with. "With names like 'Hog Joy', 'Shores', 'Watermelon', 'Farmer's Delight', 'Dexter', 'German American', 'Rub Hog or Die', and 'Swine-Ezer', they are interesting and amusing."