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Favorite Stove & Range Co.

Location: Piqua, Miami County, Ohio
Founder: William King Boal (1832-1916)
Period of Production: 1889-1935
Products Manufactured: Full Line
Brand Names: Piqua Ware, Miami, Puritan

Favorite Timeline

1848 - W.C. Davis Company founded in Cincinnati, OH, reforming after 1865 as Great Western Stove Works.
1872-1888 - William K. Boal becomes controlling partner, renames foundry Favorite Stove Works after Davis' retirement in 1880.
1888 - Boal moves Favorite to Piqua, OH, and begins doing business there as Favorite Stove & Range Co. in 1889.
1916 - Boal dies at age 84, and is succeeded by son William S. Boal, who expands production of hollow ware.
1923 - William S. Boal becomes Chairman of the Board.
1928 - William C. Katker becomes 4th company president to succeed Boal.
1930s- The Great Depression hits, sales decline.
1933 - William S. Boal dies December 17, company reorganizes, liquidates, and, in 1935, closes permanently.
1935 - Foster Stove Company of Ironton, Ohio purchases patents, tooling and trademarks for the Favorite Range products.
1935 - Cookware line tooling and patterns sold to Chicago Hardware Foundry Co.
1937 - William C. Katker continues to operate remainder of the company as Favorite Manufacturing Co. making stoves, hollowware, and parts for the old Favorite Stove & Range Co. products at other local foundries.
1958 - FMC operations suspended after post-war decline in demand.

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