Company harvested natural ice from Oak Orchard in 1890s

Posted 26 December 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin, Orleans County Historian

MEDINA – In this tin-type photo from the 1890s, we see James H. Gray and E. Searles from Medina. Gray is on the left with ice tongs holding a small cake of natural ice.

These two men may have worked for an ice company and are shown delivering their product, which could have easily been harvested from Oak Orchard Creek in colder weather.