Posted: Jan 25, 2014 11:06 AM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Jan 26, 2014 4:00 AM
Previous columns furthered efforts to stay warm with a coal furnace. Homes built in the 1900s had limited insulation. Even though the coal furnace was stoked for the overnight hours it didn't provide adequate heat when the mercury dipped to -5 at daybreak. Beds were often kept warm with a brick, heated near the fireplace and wrapped in a towel, while some used a traditional "bed warmer. As noted in a previous column, this device replicated a giant skillet with a long handle and lid. Coals placed in the container, warmed the bed by repeatedly sliding the pan between the sheets and the outer blankets. As an early-morning paperboy, I would occasionally "hit-the-sack" the night-before, fully dressed, to avoid the morning chill at 6:00 am.