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Round Oak Stoves and parts.
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The Round Oak Stove Company was founded in 1871 in Dowagiac,Michigan by P.D. Beckwith (Philo D. Beckwith). Beckwith cast his first stove around 1867 to heat his struggling foundry and shortly after, the Michigan Central Railroad ordered the heaters for its depots between Detroit and Chicago. By 1871, Beckwith was mainly producing heating stoves, and thus founded the company
"Over the years many models of the Round Oak stove were sold .
The first stove was quite plain with an ash door that lifted off. A hinged ash pit door was added in 1887 and various other improvements and embellishments were made over the years.
Round Oak was to Dowagiac, Michigan what Henry Ford and the Model T were to Detroit.The Round Oak stove put Dowagiac,Michigan map.It was considered the best all- around heating stove of the world.
With a Round Oak you could have as much or as little heat as you desired and burn any kind of fuel like soft coal, hard coal or wood."
"The Round Oak Stove People and other Dowagiac,Michigan personalities"
Written and published by
Barbara W & Grafton H Cook 2001
5/21/14 Bonnie Lee Thomas