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The Monarch coal/wood stove

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The Malleable Iron Range Company produced kitchen ranges made of malleable iron under the trade name Monarch.

Silas McClure and A.C. Terrell established the company in St. Louis, Mo., in 1896, and subsequently merged with the Beaver Dam Malleable Iron Works and moved to Beaver Dam, Wis.

The company existed 1896 – 1985.

The average price of its ranges was about $60, almost twice the selling price of the typical range of the time. (About $1700 in today’s dollars.) Despite the high price, the range sold well as they were of a much better quality and easier to use.

In 1934, Admiral Richard E. Byrd visited the factory and assisted in designing a coal/wood stove to be used in his second Antarctic expedition and subsequently ordered an oil stove for his third expedition.

This stove in our museum was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Carlson and was the primary source for pioneers for cooking and baking. It also provided warmth for their homes, boiled water for bathing and clothes washing and heat for their irons. Many people used cow chips or twists of hay called cats when there was no coal or wood handy to keep it going.

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