Carla Warner

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a Minnesota family-owned home and kitchen appliance store since 1954.

As we celebrate 60 years as Minnesota’s appliance specialist, Warners’ Stellian put out the call to find the oldest, operational appliance still in use today. We are delighted to have received an overwhelming 300-plus photos and stories from all parts of Minnesota and all types (and ages!) of appliances! Thank you to all of those who took the time to share your story and congratulate Warners’ Stellian on our annivesary.

And the winner is…

John Sanders, 88, of Blaine. John bought this beautiful gas stove at a garage sale many years ago, and he says it’s been in his kitchen for at least 20 years. The emblem on the stove, which we estimate to be from the early 20s, reads “A B Battle Creek”.

John changed the colors of the whole kitchen to green and cream to match his prized possession, which reminds him of the stove he had in his home while growing up.

One ofJohn’s favorite things to prepare with his stove is pie, and he said he would like to celebrate by baking an apple pie all for himself (though those who know him say he could never do that because of the pride he takes in others enjoying his pies!).

We are delighted to award John a $1,000 gift certificate to Warners’ Stellian for submitting the Oldest Working Appliance.

Pictured:John Sanders circa 1940sJohn Sanders won our contest with his range from the early 1920s
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The contest has ended. Thank you for your interest!

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In 1954, Jim Warner took a sales job at Stellian’s appliance store on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, owned by Steve and Lillian Farkas (Stellian is the combination of their first names).

After many years as a valued employee, Jim bought the business and added his name to theirs, also making it plural to include his wife and children. He established a solid foundation for success by offering the best products available and making sure every customer received exceptional service from sale to delivery.

Those values were passed on to his nine children who now own the company. Four members of the Warner family actively operate the company. Fifteen third-generation Warner family members also work full-time for the company in sales, operations and marketing.

contest rules

Rules “Oldest Working Appliance Contest”
Entries must be received by Sept. 30, 2014. No purchase necessary. Collector’s items do not qualify; appliance must be in-sue. Appliance may have been purchased anywhere. Total prize value will not exceed $1,000. Winner must live within Warners’ Stellian delivery area or 50 miles from a Warners’ Stellian store. To participate, send an original photo along with your name, address and phone number or email address to or Appliance Contest, Warners’ Stellian, 550 Atwater Circle, St. Paul, MN 55103. Entries will not be returned and will become property of Warners’ Stellian. Entries will be judged and verified by a panel of Warners’ Stellian employees and contractors and the oldest will be chosen and awarded grand prize by October 14, 2014; it will be announced on our website and blog.
The grand prize is a $1,000 credit at Warners’ Stellian, which must be used by Oct. 14, 2015.
The failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize and, in such case; sponsors may randomly select an alternate chosen entrant from among the remaining eligible Entries. Each selected entrant may also be sent an affidavit of eligibility /liability/publicity release (“Release”). Unless restricted by law, each selected entrant will be required to complete and return the Release within the time period specified therein. The prize may be forfeited and, in such cases, an alternate selected entrant may be randomly selected from among the remaining eligible Entries if a selected entrant: (i) cannot be reached; (ii) fails to provide all necessary signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules; or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Entrants also agree to, and the sponsor reserves the right to use the Sweepstakes for publicity purposes in any media, and to the use of the name, likeness, and hometown name and or prize information of selected entrants as part of the publicity, without any compensation or prior review unless prohibited by law.
You must be 18 years of age or older to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
The contest is open to everyone with the exception of employees of the Warners’ Stellian Appliance, their families, agencies and representatives.
All taxes relative to the prize package are the sole responsibility of the winner. No prize substitutions, assignments or transfers. No cash equivalents.
By participating, all entrants acknowledge and agree that they have entered the contest of their own free will, that the full rules and details of the contest have been made available to them in writing and they therefore understand and agree that neither Warners’ Stellian, their agents, affiliates, sponsors, representatives or employees have any liability with respect to any damages out of acceptance and use of a prize. By entering this promotion, participants agree to be bound by these rules.