In 1897 Rev Wheatly of Loretto Tennessee wrote to the Rochester Radiator Company for information about their product to heat his home. What he got back was more than information on a heater for his home but an offer to become a wholesale dealer in the area. I don’t know if he acted on it or just filed the response away to later be found by me in a bundle of postcards and correspondence for sale in an antique store. As there is a blank order form here I think he didn’t but who knows it might just be a final one of several forms. Here’s what a Rochester Radiator was and their pitch to Rev Wheatly.