"Early Stove Advertising Poetry," The Metal Worker 5 May 1894, p. 46:
The following letter from the Cleveland Co-operative Stove Company of Cleveland, Ohio, will doubtless be read with interest by many members of the trade:
The recent almost tragic death abroad of the well-known writer, Miss Constance Fennimore Woolson, calls to mind the fact that probably her ﬁrst literary efforts were in connection with the stove manufacturing business. Mr. Woolson, the father of the celebrated writer, was really the pioneer in the stove manufacturing business in the West. He established himself in a small way in the then village of Cleveland, and met with success. At the time of his death the ﬁrm of Woolson, Hitchcock & Carter were among the leading stove manufacturers of the country. After the death of Mr. Woolson and Mr. Carter, one of his partners, the concern was merged into the Franklin Stove Works, who later were succeeded by the present Cleveland Co-operative Stove Company. Almost the initial stove of Mr. Woolson’s production was known as the Morning Star, which had a very large sale, and in the advertising of this the ﬁrst literary efforts of the poetess, then a mere child, were exerted. There were some eight or ten stanzas, which were printed and used by the trade as an advertising medium for the sale of the stove. Among the archives of the old concern have been found only three stanzas, reading as folows:
A part of the third line of the last stanza quoted is not legible and may not be entirely accurate. Perhaps some of the older stove dealers can supply the missing verses.The Morning Star is all the rage,
Because it suits in every age.
The people come both near and far,
Just to buy the Morning Star.
It suits the farmer’s wife, they say,
Because it bakes well every day.
It suits the townsman just as good,
Because it burns so little wood.
If you’d have peace, comfort and bliss,
And at home enjoy each cherished wish,
And shun the rocks and clear the bar,
Then fail not to buy the Morning Star.
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