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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Antique tools to be on display

  • Next Sunday, the Newton County Historical Society will put on display the contents of an 1860s toolbox, many of which were used to construct the historic homes located around Neosho.
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  • Next Sunday, the Newton County Historical Society will put on display the contents of an 1860s toolbox, many of which were used to construct the historic homes located around Neosho.
    The wooden tool chest contains several common carpentry tools, though they look a bit different from their modern versions.
    "Everything was by hand," said historical society member Dale Jobe as he dug through the tool chest's contents.
    Jobe located wrenches, saws, drill bits, planes, sets of door hinges, and levels among the toolboxes' contents.
    "The level's not unlike the one we have today," Jobe said. "This one still works. All these tools are probably still very usable."
    The historical society members were going through the toolbox in preparation for their Tool Time: Show and Share event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the one room school house located next to the museum at 121 N. Washington St.
    According to the information that the society has on the tool chest's background, it was made by the grandfather of Mrs. Lester Firestone, though they were unable to locate his name.
    The tool chests were reportedly built on wagon beds at that time and hauled between construction jobs.
    "Every carpenter, they built their own boxes for the type of work they would do," Jobe said.
    Jobe said it is interesting to see how the homes were all made by hand.
    "The interesting part is when you get into the trim work and all that you get different planes, there's all kinds of shapes," Jobe said. "All the trim work you had in these old beautiful homes were all hand-made and they'd use different planes to make different shapes."
    While they were able to identify several of the tools, organizers said there are some that have them stumped.
    "That's one thing I hope to see, is that some people may be able to identify them," Jobe said.
    Attendees are also invited to display their own antique tools at the event, though space is limited and they are urged to call ahead of time if they plan to bring tools.
    In addition to the carpentry tools, Jobe said there will also be some kitchen tools on display.
    Jobe said they plan to host future show and share events similar to next Sunday’s.
    “We’re going to try throughout the year to highlight, things like dolls, collections, old stuff that we’re going to highlight every month,” Jobe said.
    “I’d like to do sometime a medical one,” Mary Ann Jobe added. “This will be the first one.”
    For more information or to reserve space for antique tools, contact the historical society at 451-4940 between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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