Years ago you had to get your ice chunks from the lake in the winter. Jalmer Thompson would cut you a 16 x16 inch cake that was 18 to 20 inches deep..depending on the depth of the ice on the lake. He charged 4 cents a cake.
The cakes would be unloaded in your ice house, each tier that would be unloaded was covered in about a foot of sawdust from the local sawmill. Three tiers of about 30 cakes each would fit in an ice house in this area. Dick Taylor had the sawmill in Ponsford. I have no idea what he charged for the sawdust.
In this area the ice came from Dezell’s Lake, which was then called the Chilton Lake…when I was growing up we called it Zauche’s Lake.
Summer of 2010
Now it is back to being called Chilton’s Lake or Donnie’s Lake. We walked down to the lake one day last summer with Donnie. The lake has sure changed since I was a kid, of course this part was never any good for swimming..we swam in the eastern most part of this lake, where the bottom was sandy instead of mucky.
I had no idea that this was the source for cakes of ice for the early settlers…but I guess it makes sense. I think that we take much for granted in our modern life..like ice cubes that magically appear in the freezer from an automatic ice maker:)