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Workers harvest a crop of ice in the 1890s

Posted 29 December 2013 at 12:00 am


By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

ALBION – This picture taken in the 1890s shows Shourds Brothers Icehouse at the end of East Park Street in Albion.

Here we see a crew harvesting natural ice off the old mill pond which was just south of East State Street.

The man in front is standing behind an ice plow used in marking out the pond in cakes which were then sawed with ice cutting saws as seen to his right.

Once cut, it was packed with sawdust in the icehouse and sold to homeowners in warm weather for their ice boxes.