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Mystery solved!Posted Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 8:12 AM
Ninety-four-year-old Advance resident Paul Corbin holds an antique coffee mill, which he recently uncovered in the dark recesses of his basement. Note that the bottom jar on this contraption is missing. The coffee beans were placed in the top jar, processed by hand in the metal grinder, and the ground coffee ended up in the bottom jar.
When 94-year-old Paul Corbin first told me of this mystery, neither of us had a clue as to the purpose for what appeared to be a common Mason jar with two tin screw-on lids on each end. Paul took a reasonably clear photo of the jars and sent it to me, asking me if I would put it on my blog. Thus, the search began, with numerous theories advanced - some quite creative and humorous!
One of our most diligent detectives was former Dexter native, Ken Roussel, alias kkcaver47. He forwarded the mystery on to several of his antique aquaintances...er, I mean, several of his aquaintances who were INTO antiques!! (Does that sound better??) They came through for him with the idea that the jars were part of an old coffee grinder.
Then, another blogger posted a most impressive website at http://www.javaholics.net/html/wall_mill... In fact, the manager of that website added his own comment on our little blog, so we were well covered on the topic.
These comments sparked a fire in Paul Corbin's impressive, but dusty, brain - and he made a trek down to his equally dusty basement. Searching amid prehistoric toasters, jars, rocks, and other relics, he found an old coffee grinder which he had completely forgotten. There, atop the metal grinder, was a large jar quite similar to the ones his friend Leon Wilton had brought to his back door several weeks ago.
If you're a newcomer to this issue, look back on my last blog -- "Can you solve this mystery?"-- to see the progress involved in this super-sleuthing expedition.
Thanks, fellow Statesman bloggers! Pour yourself a hot cup of java! You deserve it!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at email@example.com or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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