The Old Schoolhouse Cook Stove, Pastel
I treasured this cook stove. It was called an “Allen’s Princess” cook stove, which my then husband Bill and I found at an antique store in Boaz, WI. Our sweet old schoolhouse on 5 acres (bought for $4400 in those sweet back-to-the land days) was located in rural Soldiers Grove, WI near Gays Mills. I used to bake bread in it. I had to build a good fire and then make sure I didn’t get it stoked up too hot for bread baking. The cook stove had warming ovens for raising bread, and it had a thermometer on the oven door that helped regulate the temperature. I had a nice iron griddle for making pancakes. I so treasured this lovely lime green cook stove and regret that there’s no way to have such a thing in a condo! It’s still in that old schoolhouse. We sold it in 1975 for $23,000. The last time the schoolhouse was for sale, the asking price was $350,000.