6-21-19 whats this number 21 buggy step

Stan Shavlik has had this mystery piece for a long time on his farm east of Linwood, Neb.

You can see from how it sets in the 89-year-old retired farmer’s hand that it might be 10 to 12 inches in length. It bends from the horizontal rod up at about a 90 degree angle.

The vertical part has a round hole at the top and a cross piece with two square holes.

If you think those three holes were used to attach the piece to something else, that might be the right track. Stan also had a feeling that there was something missing, maybe on the rod.

This item is most likely more than 100 years old, but it had some usefulness for at least a few decades.

So, Stan asks, “What’s this?”

Do you know what it is? Got an idea? Or a guess?

Send your responses so they are received by June 28 to: jager.robinson@lee.net.

Or mail them to: Jager Robinson, Tri-State Neighbor, 309 W. 43rd St., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105

Replies will be in the July 5 edition of Midwest Messenger.