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Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 15:45:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
In many small towns down here.Maybe other places too back in the fifties I remember ice houses.Those who worked out in the heat needed ice,Also many folks needed ice because they had what was called ice boxes.You go get a block of ice then it keeps the stuff cool inside.But the farms and construction jobs needed ice.There were no bags of ice like at convenience stores.NOW THE BOSS CALLS AT 5-45PM to go back to work.So much for the ice house story,,But I will just hit the high spots..>>>> You hang out there on the bech if you need a job,It paid cash at quitting time..You hunt rabitts,coons,possums and things with fur to sell the iceman and make money..and it goes on and on and on untill it concludes with,,You know those spots on ice blocks that are not clear? Well that's air bubbles.So if you put stuff in the ice box that you fish with,Then wash the ice off thinking it is ok,,I'd not use the airbubble parts. So,,Like,, I hate to go to work at 5 Sunday evening just because he took a seista, But I will not even act like i'm thinking such thoughts,,,,,,,,,,,

Mudcat49    Posted 06-22-2003 at 19:51:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is still a ice house in Pahokee Florida, my home town. they make big 300 lb blocks of ice and when the produce haulers load sweet corn, celery, cabbage, etc at the packing houses they back up to the platform at the ice house and the 300 lb blocks of ice are fed into a snow machine and blown on top of the load of produce. Ever though the trucks have cooling units on them, the ice as it melts helps keep the produce cool and the melting ice keeps the produce moist.

Burrhead    Posted 06-23-2003 at 11:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Mudcat before refrigerated trailers were real common we used to have to blow ice in on chickens and produce. They called them trailers bunker and blower units. There was a dead air space about 18" in the nose with a squirrel cage blower that was shaft driven off a 3 to 5hp gas engine mounted outside the front of the trailer.

You would blow ice in on top of the load and then put 2-3 blocks in the bunker and crank the engine.

Most truckstops had ice and a blower and every town of any size had an icehouse. If you went thru a town ice house in late night they would have either somebody sleeping at the icehouse you could wake up for ice or a telephone by the docks that you could call someone to come ice your load down.

If we loaded around Homestead Immokalee on over to Labelle we could make it to Nashville or Louisville and re-ice.

It was a heck of a spell of driving with a R190 Binder or a B61 Mack to Chicago or Detroit from your stomping grounds.

Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 19:59:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here..Maybe around Galveston because of shrimp boats,The rest buy in a bag or own an icemachine at jobs.My hometown icehouse is long gone.

rhudson    Posted 06-22-2003 at 19:27:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have an ice house here on the farm (southcentral virginia. the ice was cut fron a small river nearby. can you imagine the planning it took to like back then? put up ice in the winter for the summer. if you did not grow enough food, you starved. if you didn't put up enough hay, or the winter was too long, the cows starved (i guess you ate stake when that happened) always planning 8-12 months ahead of time. most people i know don't plan more than 4 weeks ahead.

Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mr Virginia,,I am a fool..I just bounce off of what hit me.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-22-2003 at 18:52:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
This was kinda modern but my uncle ran an engine-driven ice saw - toward Spring he'd pass word around to the farmers, set it up on the river and start making lengthwise cuts. After he'd sliced up the good ice, he'd swing the thing around and start crosscuts at the downstream side. Once he had a row cut, he'd keep going and customers would bring their teams/hayracks. The wagons would line up & load across that end, and new blocks kept floating alongside them. You could load one layer deep and might transport 3 loads a day to your ice-house. Get 3 feet of sawdust around the pile and you'd have ice to keep the cream cool all summer. That way you only had to haul the cans to the creamery every week.
There's enough ice up here in winter to make anything you can dream up..

Ron,Ar    Posted 06-22-2003 at 19:38:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is hard for us southern boys to imagine. I did see ice floating down the Mississippi river at Baton Rouge once tho, that was rare sight in south Louisiana

Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 19:56:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah,,Ice from the lake?? It is unbelievable to us ,,But we keep hearing stuff like that. DC,,, What did you do when you sawed a fish in half?? JOKEING!! I liked that story,,Im going go for the clicker you put.Just got off from work then Cafe.. No money yet..My boss needs some training on paying his help.This may cut my PC time way back ..But I might jump ship..Lincoln was said to outlaw slavery.Atleast for the darker versions of citizen down here,,,But left out us rednecks..Going to click your site.How U Ron Ark?

Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 16:12:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now he is holding off,,What ever happened to the old durable sturdy boss who could stand a bit of heat?Those who could stand and watch men work in the bazeing hot sun.Now they are tied to an airconditioned vehicle.I miss those old icehouse bosses who worked you like men,,,and paid accordingly..and daily.In green paper..

Ron,Ar    Posted 06-22-2003 at 19:41:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
was once told "we used to have men of steel and wooden ships, now we have steel ships and blockheads for men".

Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:03:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron says>>> was once told "we used to have men of steel and wooden ships, now we have steel ships and blockheads for men". <<< I SAYS..Ron,,Do you know my boss?

Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:15:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dead Carp has pictures up there showing cars and trucks driveing on a lake.A boat salesman would starve to death up there.I thought I read that Mr Johnson who invented the first outboard motor was from up there.. Now I doubt that.

Lazy Al    Posted 06-23-2003 at 04:44:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's a little trivia for you on ice Clod
These day ice is made by running water down thru long tubes and it freezes from the out side in . The impurities don't freeze so they are washed out thru the center . Then the tube are heated and the ice slides down and is sawed off into cubes . So get the cubes with holes in the
center , they are purer .

Clod    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:25:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everytime i look on the board I find five or six things I didnt know .When I went to school there were not many choices of what you could learn because the books were limited on subjects unless you could subscribe to magazine you would want to learn from,Which you could only afford to pay for a few.I expect that later in life you are surprised to find out the many things you do not know that you could have used the information on.

Ron,Ar    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:40:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I looked at those, hard to think about driving on the Trinity River huh?

Clod    Posted 06-23-2003 at 07:40:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well..If the Trinity gets any muddier,,We just might show those Norhern boys we can walk on water too. Gone to work,, See you folks afterwards.

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