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Mystery Solved: March 2015 Mystery Tool Answers

| 4/16/2015 3:10:00 PM

March 2015 Mystery Tool A

March 2015 Mystery Tool A

A. Corn stalk cutter used in lieu of a hand-held corn knife when shocking corn. This allowed the worker to carry more stalks by having both hands and arms free. Item shown is missing a footplate and leather straps. Identified by Stephen Clemens, Mazeppa, Minnesota; Jo Gwinn, Helena, Oklahoma; John Wilding, Hermann, Missouri; Jackie Shanks, Garden Prairie, Illinois; Larry Whitesell, Tipton, Indiana; Bob Wittersheim, Saline, Michigan; James O. Wills, Lead Hill, Arkansas; John Seibert, Fountain, Minnesota; Bill Bracy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Dennis Bryant, Weston, Missouri; Leonard Keifer, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Harry Stubbs, Paola, Kansas; P.T. Rathbone, Marsing, Idaho; Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Indiana; Ken Hunter, Allerton, Illinois; Timothy Potaczek, Cornell, Wisconsin; Richard Bader, Middletown, New York; Dick Kates, Oakland, Iowa; Kenny Rutz, Pocahontas, Illinois; Urias J. Schrock, Medford, Wisconsin; Don Wolter, Brodhead, Wisconsin; Al V. Wheeler, Yorkville, Illinois; Ralph Farnsworth, New Haven, Vermont; Roger Madden, Sebastopol, California; and Harold Jehle, Baldwin City, Kansas. See patent no. 471,889. Photo submitted by Jackson County (Minnesota) Historical Society.

March 2015 Mystery Tool A

Patent no. 471,889: Stalk cutter. Patent granted to James W. Parker, Palmyra, Wisconsin, Sept. 8, 1874. This patent is an improvement on his original patent dated 1874.


March 2015 Mystery Tool B

March 2015 Mystery Tool B


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