|Sawing the blocks of ice - click to enlarge|
Photo: Gabor Degre Bangor Daily News
Now that I live a little further north I know that the oldest business in Brewer is Getchell Brothers Ice Company. They manufacture ice now but back in the day ice was harvested on the Penobscot River. That business is now about 120 years old. Ice was loaded onto ships and taken to Boston and Philadelphia.
All over the country, probably the world, places with cold weather and access to plenty of water people were harvesting ice. Stored in sawdust the ice lasted well into summer and fall. Ice houses were a common sight, usually near the railroads when ice was delivered to businesses and homes all over the country.
|Sawing ice, the "pitchfork" looking tool broke off the blocks. - click to enlarge|
Photo: Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News
|Blocks, packed in sawdust in the ice house. - click to enlarge|
Photo Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News