old ice truck
But for today:
This morning over breakfast Sherry and I were talking about a local family she remembered, the Abee’s. She said all she could remember about them was that old Ms. Abee drove an A-Model Ford. When I was searching for land once, I learned the Abees were large land holders in Belmont and also owned the local Ice and Coal Company.
Once I found some Abee land for sale, I told my son if he did not want it, I did. He bought it. I had walked the acreage and found an old 1912 junk truck, I wanted it. However once the survey was completed the truck was 20 feet into to the neighboring Abee property. OUCH!
I had never thought of the odd combination of Ice and Coal. As I sat there I told Sherry I bet the reason was the Ice plant used huge amounts of coal to heat some type of machine that made ice. I do know it takes HEAT to refrigerate. I am not sure how the process was years ago.
The Iceman was a big part of Sherry’s and my life. Those big 200 lb blocks of ice on the ice truck, were mind boggling to kids.
To be honest I did a quick search on ‘artificial ice’ (how it was originally ID’d). Because the first 'ice' preserved was natural winter ice, cut from lakes and rivers and preserved with sawdust into the summer.
One story I read was of a preacher in Mississippi that had actually seen the new artificial ice being made and told his congregation of the wonderful process and they fired him. He was of the devil, no man could make ice, only God.
You think of it, it was a wonderful thing, now we take it for granted. LOL
If you know how they produced the heat to make ice, tell me. I could not find it on a quick search.