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Jack Klasey: Cooking the 'E-Z-Est Way' 

By Jack Klasey
jwklasey@comcast.net


The first cook stove manufactured in Kankakee was assembled in 1915 in a former sewing machine factory on the northwest corner of Station Street and Main Avenue. The West Kankakee location would remain a manufacturing center for kitchen appliances for the next 67 years.

That first stove was turned out by the E-Z-Est Way Stove Works, owned by mail-order giant Sears, Roebuck and Co. Sears had purchased E-Z-Est Way, originally located in Chicago Heights, in 1914. The vacant Kankakee building that the stove manufacturer moved into at Station and Main had been erected in 1902 by the Foley & Williams ...

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