“The Wilson Patent Stove”


"I remember very well, Jim, That Wilson Patent stove, That father bought and paid for, Jim, In the cloth that the girls wove. The people all wondered, Jim, When we got the thing to go, They swore it'd bust and kill us all Just fifty years ago."


Randolph reports, "Many old settlers in Arkansas tell me that 'Wilson Patent' was the trade name of the first cookstoves sold here -- previously everybody cooked on the fireplace. Agents came through the county in wagons, trading stoves for handwoven counterpanes and carpets."

Roud lumps this with "Twenty Years Ago (Forty Years Ago)." It certainly has that look. But while it may be a loose fragment of that piece, given its current state, I think it better to separate the two. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 486, "The Wilson Patent Stove" (2 short texts, 2 tunes)
  2. Roud #765
  3. BI, R486


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938 (Henry)
Keywords: technology commerce
Found in: US(SE,So)