Vol. XX – #228 – Keeping It Cold

Report #4074 Photo: LR-12-8-2020

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8:04 am5:02 pm EST
Feels like: 16°F
Wind: 13mph WSW
Humidity: 78%
Pressure: 30.1"Hg
UV index: 0

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(Report by Jim)
I know this is off-season, but what this year is normal, right? I was reading an old Leelanau Enterprise from Feb 9, 1928 and it mentioned the annual “ice cuttng bee”. That reminded me of some old Erhardt Peters pics that I have from the Museum acquisition we helped with many years ago. Ice was carved out from near the mouth of the Carp River using large portable circular saws with an engine attached. The ice was then loaded on to pickup trucks and hauled down to various places like the Ice House in Fishtown. We all know Fishtown as a touristy destination, but back then, it was all work and little play. Back then, the ice harvest was a free source of refrigeration as large commercial units were still fairly expensive to buy and maintain.

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Catryna Loos
Catryna Loos
1 year ago

Very interesting. Love hearing about Leelanau in the past.

Bob Sawyer
Bob Sawyer
1 year ago

I remember in the 1940s, when we still had an ice-box instead of a refrigerator at our Glen Lake cottage. A man named Bramer (spelling?) used to bring us ice blocks, cut from Glen Lake and stored in a lot of saw dust in his place on M-22 north and east of Glen Arbor.

1 year ago

Love all the old pictures!!!