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Workers in 1900 load apples in Knowlesville

Posted 29 March 2014 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

KNOWLESVILLE – In this photo from around 1900 we catch a view of the railroad dock at Knowlesville.

Hundreds of barrels of apples are about to be loaded into the refrigerator cars on the sidings. These cars had ice boxes built into each end, which were filled with cakes of natural ice. Hence the fruit was preserved during shipment to far off destinations.

Note all of the barrels were hauled to the depot by horse-drawn wagons.