Wood burning stoves were common because many families didn’t have access to natural gas or electricity. The wood burning stove also helped provide heat in the house during the colder seasons. The stove here is a Copper Clad brand that was made in St. Louis by the Malleable Range Co. Wood is put in on the left hand side and heats up the stove top and the oven that can be used to cook with. To the right of the stove is a water basin that could be used to heat water. The stove top has points of access to the fire so that the heat could be moved to a certain spot or adjusted. Ashes from the fire would collect in a bin that could be accessed from the front for easy disposal. The front of the stove has a heat gauge that estimates the temperature of the oven to make cooking a bit easier but it is not exact.
Hoosier cabinets were a baker’s dream. They provided all the storage one would need for all the baking pans, spices, and other ingredients. Often times, Hoosier cabinets would have a special flour container to store all the flour needed to make breads and other baked goods. The storage containers usually had a built in sifter at the dispenser so the user could sift the flour right into the measuring cup. Hoosier cabinets were made in New Castle, Indiana by the Hoosier Manufacturing Co. There are many brands that make Hoosier-style cabinets, such as the one in the tenant house.
Telephones people had in the 1920s are much different than telephones today. The telephone would be connected to the telephone wire that linked with the operator’s center as well as other family’s telephones. While using the phone, you would be connected with another party and be able to talk to one another. People had to be careful about what they were talking about because anyone that was connected to that telephone wire could listen in on the conversation.