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She Still Uses Appliances Bought For Her First Home In 1948
Gladys Bertram lives in the same house she moved into nearly 70 years ago after getting married in 1948. And she still has the same stove, refrigerator and hot water tank that were installed in the home when her husband built it.
    “My husband, George, wanted things that would last so he decided on the Crosley brand, which was top quality,” she says, noting that she and her husband raised cattle on their ranch near Cedaredge, Colo.
    “We literally saved up penny by penny to buy those appliances. That stove was really heavy. We could barely get it into the kitchen.”
    The Crosley stove was fancier than anything else on the market at the time, including two ovens, a timer, and a broiler. Gladys, 94, worked at that stove for many years to feed her family and every hired hand who ever worked for them. The Crosley refrigerator, which was the first to patent shelves in the door, has likewise held up well. Amazingly, so has the water heater.
    Nowadays, Gladys is more likely to use the microwave than the oven. She’s not ready to shut down the appliances, though. “I’m saving them for my grandchildren,” she says.

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1