Uncovering the 1883 Locke and Montague Range
An Archaeological investigation
What it looked
like in 2021
This stove had been covered up since 1926. this cabinet was placed on top. The circle on the floor was where the water tank was connected to the stove and to the brass pipes on the wall to upstairs.
what we discovered underneath
We found the cast iron back under the house. The last Family that lived in the house had cut off the doors to add that panel to disguise it.
pipes to heat the water
Under the rings you see the pipes that were connected to the water tank and were surrounded by burning coals.
As the water got hot it returned to the water tank. The pressure sent the heated water to the upper floors. There are two full bathrooms up stairs. Three bedrooms and their own sink.
The fire box was full of newspapers that were used as fire starter- wadded up around matches. The dates on the papers we found were 1925-1926.
The house water and rooms were mainly heated with coal. The residue on the walls, furniture, flooring and elsewhere reflects that time period. Gas ranges were developed in the early 1900.
In the fire box
As we dug deeper we found egg shells, onion skins, pieces of chicken bone, Hair pins, We think the hooked metal was around fowl legs.
Inside the oven
Inside we found a metal bar in the back right and a piece of a broken iron on the left. It might have been used to spread out the heat. A Girardelli's chocolate tin was filled with water to add moisture
Inside the oven
The cast iron back shelf
was found under the house in three pieces.