Cookbook from 1895
I came across this cookbook which has some very interesting 'ways' from 1895.
The name of the book is "Smiley's Cookbook and Universal Household Guide: A Comprehensive Collection.
Take a look at the section on bread which starts on page 256 (you can move ahead in the book by typing the page number in the little box on the top of the page on the right).
There is info on how to test the oven for the right temp. and something called 'steaming' for several hours and then baking for an hour???
My favorite was the section on page 261 titled "Eating Hot Bread".