Western Stoneware Company

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Guess the new Gagdet's function contest

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

What do you think these are for?  The one on your left is a the larger version and right one is a smaller version.   Send your guess to our email: [email protected]  Guess as many times as you like.  I will post new clues throughout the contest periodically.  One speckle spattered brown cereal bowl will go to the one who guesses first.  In the event of of tie, winner will be selected by drawing. 

Good Luck!    Contest ends August 8, 2017.

Rare finds at Goodwill

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Few WSCo containers hold as much fascination as one of the two in this post.  Usually a bean pot is just anohter bean pot and a crock is just another crock, much like Tupperware is today.  Oh, they may come in various sizes and colors, but they were owned by everyone and used for food storage.

Over the weekend a friend was shopping at a Goodwill store and shared her rare finds with WSCo.   Not just any bean pot, the kettle bean pot with a metal handle.   She located a blue foam drip cookie jar/ bean pot/ catchall as they were advertised.  Most of these kettle pots can be found in the green glaze.  They were made in red, blue, green, brown and yellow with the foam drip.  Her find doesn't include the lid, but it is a nice piece nonetheless.  



And the second one she found is one even better.  This pitcher was likely made in 1910.  It was part of our pre Indian Head collection at a time when customers expressed interest in anything Native American.  Note that the whirling or spining log swastika is a Native symbol meaning good health and/or community welfare.  A vastly different meaning than the modern interpretation.  Note that the modern version was turned and not straight like the native symbol design.   WSCo hasn't seen pieces from this collection in person before.   Many thanks to our friend for sharing her wonderful rare finds.



Ladwig/Wade Collection Donated

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

've posted the collection before, but here is the official press release.

Ladwig/Wade Collection Donated to WIU Libraries' Archives Chronicles Family Divided by World War II

November 7, 2016


The collection of more than 300 photos and images features historical military photos from WWI and WWII, as well as images of individuals in the British Women's Land Army.

MACOMB, IL — It's a tale of a German family divided by World War II—some were victims of the Nazis, some of them were sympathizers with them. It's also a story that chronicles how some of these individuals and their descendants wound up in western Illinois and owned and operated the Monmouth (IL)-based Western Stoneware Company. And, thanks to David Wade, his wife Linda, as well as Bradley Wade and his partner Darren Coleman, and through Western Illinois University Libraries' Archives and Special Collections, the story is online for everyone to see. The family members have donated the Ladwig/Wade Family Collection of more than 300 photos and images of memorabilia saved over the years.

 The collection — currently available organized in nine online folders (http/tinyurl.com/nk4pnj9) — noted Linda, who works in WIU Libraries' digitization unit, is important not only because of the unique historical background of the family—many Jewish members of whom immigrated to England, Canada and the U.S.—but also because of the sheer amount of content included....(for more follow link below)

Linda and David noted, over the years, Western Stoneware (abbreviated as WSCo) had merged with other western Illinois pottery and stoneware companies, including Monmouth Pottery, Macomb Pottery, Macomb Stoneware Company, Weir Pottery, White Hall Pottery, Clinton Stoneware Company and Fort Dodge Stoneware. Although the Wade family sold the company in 1973, today, Western Stoneware is owned, once again, by the Wade family. Linda and David purchased it in 2014.

 "WSCo dates back to 1859 and has deep roots in Macomb and Monmouth," the overview document states. "As owners of this regional historic company, we thought our family history would be of interest to historians and researchers in the area and beyond. In addition to the pottery that was made in the area, the clay used to be sourced from Colchester. But, eventually, the mines went dry," Linda said during an interview with her and David at Western's Leslie F. Malpass Library.

  

The "Ladwig/Wade Collection History" overview document includes much more detail about the fascinating historical images found in the collection.


Link to complete press release:

http/www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=14054

Link to the WIU LIbraries Regional History Collection:

http/collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/search/collection/wiu_rhist

Family Photos and other items Online @WIU

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, we donated our family photos to Western Illinois University. 

There are 9 folders in the collection spanning Pre-WWI through the 70s.   The Wade family currently owns WSCo.The family has always been involved with WSCo as Gene Wade (later an owner) began working there on a GI grant.  Ursel usually worked in the office.  Our parents first met at WSCo.  Folder 9 which contains Holocaust documents will be up soon.


You may view the entire Wade/Ladwig collection here: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/search/collection/wiu_rhist



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