Stan Shavlik, from rural Linwood, Neb., has been looking around his northern Saunders County farm and came across these three boxes with caps and cables. And there were some square glass jars. Notice the “water line” marking.

Yes, somehow, these have a connection and were pretty important parts of farm life comfort in the early 20th century. Do you know what they are? How were they used? And what did they do?

If you have some, send us your memories of these items. If you’re too young, you may have to send your guesses or ideas. We welcome them all.

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