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Would you warm your coffee on this stove?Would you warm your coffee on this stove?

Hoosier Perspectives: In this edition of Forgotten Tool: Before LP gas arrived, many farmwives cooked on this type of cookstove.

Tom J. Bechman

October 26, 2023

1 Min Read
an antique cookstove with detachable oven on top
BEFORE GAS: Your grandmother or great-grandmother may have fixed supper on a stove like this one. The square box sitting on top is a detachable oven. Tom J. Bechman

You may be able to trace your farm lineage back to ancestors cooking with coal or wood. If your heritage is more recent, perhaps they cooked on gas stoves or early electric ranges. For some, your ancestors in the early 1900s likely cooked on a stove like the one pictured here.

Each burner sits over a fuel supply. The square metal box on top is a detachable oven. Burners supplied with fuel from underneath heated the oven.

There are two ways to qualify for the $25 gift card: Name the company that made this specific kitchen stove, or name the fuel used in this stove.

Send answers to [email protected] or mail to 599 N., 100 W., Franklin, IN 46131. Include your physical mailing address. In case of multiple correct entries, the winner will be determined by a random drawing.

Popular picker

The mounted corn picker in the October issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer and featured here online drew tons of responses. Readers thought it was everything from a cucumber harvester to a cotton picker. The incorrect guess offered most often was a picker and sheller.

It is a corn picker, not a sheller — that invention came later. The McCormick-Deering one-row No. 11 corn picker with overhead tank collected ear corn in the tank, eliminating a wagon alongside or behind the picker. You can see it picking on YouTube.

With so many entries, we’re awarding two gift cards. Congratulations to Steve Harrison, Avon, Ind., and Paul Heimberger, Columbus, Ohio.

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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