I recently acquired this fine piece of history! I had no idea what it was. I see that it says “Wabash Screen Door Co.” on the logo. I thought it was a top to a shipping crate. I was WAY off! This is an old stove board. One side was wood laths, pictured above, and the other side is tin, pictured below. These boards, which came in different sizes, were used to keep floors from catching on fire. The boards were laid face down and the tin top protected the floor from heat and embers.
I wanted to know more about the company that made these. Finding information on this company was not very easy. It was hard to find good information. I found some information on a page with someone’s bio. I wonder if the Minnesota State Historical Society might have more information on them? I was able to find out that the Wabash Screen Door Company was established in Wabash, Indiana, in 1884, but the company moved to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, in 1891. The Rhinelander plant was destroyed by fire in 1901, and the company moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1902. The company manufactured screen doors, windows, stove boards, and washboards. The company also had a plant in Memphis, Tennessee, as wells as a sales office in Chicago, Illinois. The Minneapolis plant was located at 2222 SE Elm, Minneapolis, MN 54414. From other fragmented information I was able to find, the Minneapolis plant closed in the early 1960s and everything moved to the Memphis plant. I am not sure when the company folded altogether.
Does anyone else know any information about the company? Did you have relatives that worked there, or maybe your family has some of the products the company made (wash board, stove board, door)?