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Ice Harvest

Machinery moves bales of ice from a local lake, c. 1900. Until World War II, many people owned iceboxes which required 25 - 50 lb blocks of ice to keep food cold during the summer months. To supply this demand, ice was cut in January and February of each year. Local farmers worked in teams to clear the snow over the ice and then score and cut the ice into 500 - 700 lb bales. Once cut, the ice was loaded onto wagons with a loading machine. Horses took the ice to an ice house where it would be unloaded by conveyor belt, and stacked between layers of saw dust to prevent the ice from thawing or freezing together. This allowed the ice to be stored for as long as a year. The

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Ice Harvest