Before electricity, ice houses and delivery wagons were important
businesses in towns. The ice house was often close to a source of
ice, for example a freshwater lake or pond. During the cold
months, ice was harvested and stored in the ice houses, usually
insulated with sawdust or straw. The ice would stay frozen, often
until the next winter freeze so that people could enjoy iced drinks
during the summer. The main use of ice was to place in wooden ice
boxes to store perishable food. The delivery wagon would drop off
a block of ice in the size requested by the lady of the house.
Using ice tongs, the block of ice was taken from the ice wagon
and placed inside the wooden ice box.
Workers at Crystal Ice House
"I Grew Up in Denison, Texas"
Ice delivery wagon
George F. Hitchins Grocer Store in the background
of Grayson County