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    Posted 1 year ago

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    This cast iron wood stove was made by the Southern Co-Operative Foundry Company of Rome, Georgia.

    My father bought it in the late 1960s to heat part of our house. He used it for 20 years, then gave it to me when he upgraded to a much larger one.
    It’s been used in 2 different houses of mine throughout my son’s childhood,; now my grandson has laid claim to it for his house, whenever he gets one.....that will make 4 generations of my family who have enjoyed using this charming parlor stove.
    It’s been well cared for and has all of it’s original parts.
    The pretty finial on top swivels to the side or can be easily removed and laid aside if you choose to cook food on the top surface.
    You can load wood into the stove from the top or from the door on the front.
    The window in the door let’s the red glow of the fire show thru, true to the name, “Parlor Glow”.

    When my grandsons were small, they thought it was great fun to get to start a fire in it then put a skillet on top to make grilled cheese sandwiches!

    The Southern Co-Operative Foundry Co. was in business from 1898 until 1970, making stoves, ranges, grates, and hollow ware.
    In the early days of the company, it was one of 4 different foundaries in the town of Rome.
    In researching the history of the company, I read that it became very hard to hire enough men willing to do the hard, dangerous work in the sweltering heat of an iron furnace.
    I can certainly understand that the job would not have much appeal.

    I appreciate all comments! Thanks for reading!

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      I remember we used a wood stove to do all our cooking and heating when we were young and I remember this type of stove in our one room schoolhouse back so many years ago. Love it !~
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Thank you, PhilDMorris, for sharing your childhood experience with such a wood stove. I can imagine your schoolroom being toasty-warm from a crackling wood fired stove!

      Thank you to everyone who gave the stove a “Love”!
    3. Findings, 1 year ago

      Nice one looks super clean I need to shut mine down and paint it with the black stove stuff .. I like the fact you can feed it from the top as well to get rid of household things as well ...smiling
    4. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      The stove also works as a bird trap. :^) Eastern Blue Birds find a way into the chimney pipe about once a year and I’ve gotten pretty good at getting them out of the stove without letting them get loose in the house. If they get loose inside, their sooty wings leave black marks at the tops of walls/edge of ceiling....extra work for me :^(
    5. Findings, 1 year ago
      lol that's so funny, I get bats in my furnace in the basement most they call me bat man up here ..when ever my neighbors get one they call me I go over and they always have a towel on there head never fails ..Eastern Blue Birds pretty birds..
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      Oh Lord! I’ve only had one experience with a bat - it came down the chimney and out the fireplace into the living was plenty for me!
    7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
      I always had an air tight wood/coal stove up north. When the power went out I had heat, a place to cook and wall to wall neighbors sleeping everywhere. All of them brought along food and everyone shared. Mother nature provided the ice box as needed for perishables and snow/ice for coolers to keep milk etc. It was fun but difficult with only one bathroom.
    8. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      fhrjr2, that’s a great (and “warm”) memory! The neighbors must have been very appreciative! My parents hosted some family members during a snow storm and no power, but with an electric well pump, they didn’t have running water. They melted snow to flush the toilets so that worked out ok.
    9. Trey Trey, 11 months ago
      I have friends that live in Rome :)
    10. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 11 months ago
      Small world, Trey!
      Thank you for checking out my stove post and the love.
      I didn’t realize it has racked up so many loves.....23 loves!! I appreciate every one of them!
    11. Trey Trey, 11 months ago
      Hey it really is :) Cool Stove :)
    12. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 9 months ago
      My Father grew up in a huge house in the country. No electricity, so most rooms had a parlor stove. We also had a wood stove in our old house in the country. Once I was home alone, just showered, ran to the stove to get warm, and got a little too close to the pipe! Ha! When my Parents rebuilt, they had a fire place, but put in an insert. Mom cooked beans on it in the wintertime. Thanks for bringing back memories, some pleasant and some, not so much! Ha!
    13. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 9 months ago
      MsCrystalShip....ouch! I can only imagine the pain! I’m glad the stove brought back some memories...and thanks for the love.

      And to all the long list of members who gave the stove a love: thank you!!

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