June 2010 - Monthly Online Showcase
This item is on display at Beatty, Museum in Beatty, Nevada and is the museum's online showcase
item this month. Click on an image to see a larger version of the picture.
Antique Parlor Stove
The name of this stove refers to our victory in World War I.
The stove was sold by Sears, Roebuck & Company and was manufactured by The
Wehrle Stove Foundry in Newark, Ohio.
1921 Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog ad for the Victory Stove.
The Wehrle Stove Foundry
Source: Brister's Centennial History of Newark and Licking Co. Published in
1903. P. 523 & 524.
The Wehrle Stove Foundry was established in 1883 by the late Colonel J. C. Wehrle and the late
John Moser. Like many other giant enterprises, its early history attracted little notice, the small foundry in East
Newark being operated by a handful of men, but when the West Newark site was acquired and the "Wehrle boys" took
hold, the business began to expand. The company's entire product consists of stoves, ranges and fireproof safes,
the safe feature of the company having been added in 1904, when the plant of the Atlas Safe Company of Fostoria,
Ohio, was purchased and transferred to Newark. The Wehrle company, of which William W. Wehrle is president and
active head, August Wehrle, vice president and general manager, is a close corporation, with more than a million
dollars in capital and surplus. The foundry is a model plant. The buildings are nearly all new, and each is
equipped with the best labor saving devices and the most improved appliances. The surroundings are cheerful, two
parks adjoining the factory site contributing to the beauty of the environment. The foundry is supplied with wash
rooms for all employees and with shower baths for the molders.
Of this mammoth plant the main building, in which four cupolas are operated, is 140 feet wide
and 1,000 feet long. Two other cupolas are operated in a smaller building 140 by 650 feet, and the several other
large structures are used for assembling, mounting, polishing, and storing the ware. One warehouse, 112 by 475 feet
and four stories high, in the fall of 1906 was completely filled with stoves but beginning October first and
continuing until February first following from twenty to forty-five loaded cars left the foundry daily, carrying
Newark stoves to every section of the country. Now operating new core ovens, enameling ovens, and gas forges, the
company has installed a forty-eight-foot span electric traveling crane, to facilitate handling the product in the
warehouse. With two miles of private railway siding on the company's ground, fully seventy-five cars can easily be
"spotted" for loading. Three years ago the Wehrle company took advantage of the natural gas development in this
section and leased several thousands of acres of land and proceeded to drill. So far, the company has struck good
producing wells, the entire output from which is consumed in operating the electric and steam power plan and in
running the several gas engines of one hundred and twenty-five horse power and others of lesser size are in
The company has made stoves at the rate of fourteen hundred a day, but the regular daily average
is from eight to nine hundred. The Wehrles make sixty-five styles of stoves, many of them in two or three sizes.
The new safe factory now produces thirty-five safes a day, the eighteen different sizes ranging from 300 to 3,300
pounds. Sales agencies have already been established as far west as Denver, east to Portland, south to New Orleans,
and north to Duluth. Within a year the Wehrle company, whose product previous to that time was handled almost
exclusively by a Chicago house, has established a sales department of its own and now sells direct to jobbers and
dealers that part of the output which is not handled through the Chicago concern.
The Wehrle's company payroll runs from $100,000 to $112,000 a month.
Source: Fall 1909 Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog.
"Our stove foundry at Newark, Ohio, positively the largest stove foundry in the world, covering
more than 30 acres, the only stove foundry in the world melting daily from eight cupolas at one time. Output
amounting to four million dollars annually. With our many advantages, that is, enormous capacity, natural fuel and
power gas, ideal labor conditions, wonderful mechanical equipment, unequaled design and pattern making facilities,
from this foundry we turn out the best stoves made in this country and we sell them at about one-half the prices
charged by others.
We have equipped our foundry at Newark, Ohio, with every facility for making the highest grade
steel ranges on the market. We have had built for us special heavy steel working machinery that we might draw,
bend, shape, cut, punch and in a general way handle a heavier steel plate than is used in other range foundries.
Our nickeling plant is built with a view of putting on a much heavier nickel plate on the nickel work. Ours, so far
as we know, is the only steel range plant that has a department for asbestos lining, and all steel ranges are given
a heavy asbestos lining. Every part is cut, shaped and made true to gauge, insuring a perfect fit, and in this way
we get a stronger, handsomer, more lasting, more economical fuel consuming, a better baking and an altogether
higher grade range than is made in any other foundry.
A visit to our stove foundry at Newark, Ohio, a picture which appears on the introductory page,
will convince any stove buyer or stove maker that we are in a position to make better stoves at a lower cost than
any other made in America. More than two thousand people are employed in this stove foundry. We have our own
railroad yards, electric conveyers, an endless amount of polishing, nickeling, finishing, steel drawing, shaping,
cutting and punching machinery, etc., a vastly greater variety of labor saving and high quality making machinery
than will be found in any other foundry. The raw material, such as pig iron, steel, nickel, etc., is bought in so
much larger quantities than other makers can buy that it gives us a great advantage in cost. Much of the work that
others do by hand we do by machinery. Every facility is introduced to reduce the labor and improve quality, and
you, the buyer, get every benefit, for we offer you this stove at the actual cost to produce, the cost to us in our
own foundry in Newark, Ohio, with but our one small percentage of profit added."
Research provided by: Barbara Piatt