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Our blog is a place for history buffs and curious Internet surfers to lose themselves in the past and take an in-depth look at the history of Coppes Commons and Coppes Napanee. Join our historian Bill Warner as he discovers and discusses pieces of our Coppes Commons heritage.

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The Kozy-Kitch Cabinet

Bill Warner
April 10, 2020

Hello and welcome to this week’s addition of Bill’s History Corner. 

I have been searching for advertisements from all the known Hoosier Cabinet makers of the time. Finding an advertisement would validate their being listed with other companies that made kitchen cabinets. Well, yesterday I found a new company (new to me) from Fort Wayne. What makes this new company the most interesting is the cute names they used. The name of the manufacturing company was The ELECTRIC KITCHENET CO., with the kitchen cabinet they produced called the “KOZY-KITCH”. 

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The Vitreous Company is “Tops” for Coppes

Bill Warner
April 02, 2020

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Bill’s History Corner. Today I’m going to talk about the Vitreous company. Nappanee’s Vitreous Company made the porcelain tabletop work surface that was on every Dutch kitchen Cabinet. Exactly when the Coppes Co. began using the porcelain tops is still in question. 

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H. Toms Furniture Co. – Dealer of Dutch Kitchenets

Bill Warner
March 26, 2020

Hello everyone, and thanks for coming to Bill’s History Corner. Today, I want to tell about a new sign we acquired. This one is from H. TOMS Co. FURNITURE , from RICHLAND CENTER, WIS. Also, we were lucky enough to acquire a companion sign.  Interestingly, the H. Toms Co. was also group of undertakers. I think this combination of furniture and undertaking was more common than you might realize.

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Nappanee Loves a Parade!

Bill Warner
March 11, 2020

Welcome to Bill’s History Corner, where we discuss all things about Coppes. Today we are looking at pictures of parade floats. The town of Nappanee loved a good parade and still does to this day. The Coppes company, like many other businesses in Nappanee, participated by building a float for the parade.

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