When Stoves Were The Hot New Thing
Long before Detroit became known as the Motor City, it was world famous for another iron product: stoves. In the 19th century, Detroit’s four large stove manufacturers produced more than ten percent of stoves sold around the globe. Indeed, Detroit became known as the “Stove Capital of the World.” Three of those four companies were founded by brothers Jeremiah and James Dwyer.
* The Dwyers were key figures in building Detroit’s reputation as the “Stove Capital of the World.”
* In the 1830s, roughly 2,000 Detroiters burned 200,000 cords of wood in their hearths a year.
* By 1908 there were 12 companies in Detroit manufacturing stoves, employing 7,500 people.
* Cookbooks changed as women could now bake dishes that would have been difficult in a hearth.
Bill Loomis is the author of two books on Detroit. His third book “On This Day in Detroit” is to appear on bookshelves in the Fall of 2015. He is a regular contributor to WUOM 91.7 FM’s “Stateside with Cynthia Canty.”