Winter - Chores and Work
|Before electricity and refrigerators, harvesting ice during winter was the only way to keep things cool during the summer.|
|Ice tongs were used to pick up the slippery ice blocks.|
"During the winter when that pond would freeze solid, we'd go and cut ice and they had ice saws. You did it by hand, just like wood. Saw it like that… You'd slide that, put tongs around it and pull it up along the skid way, up into that wagon… and then haul it to the ice house. That would be a sort of silo, a deep hole, and they'd pack this ice in there and then with straw. You had to have straw around it or else it would melt in the summertime. And we went to ice houses in the summertime and got ice to make ice cream." -- Albert Friesen Written by Claudia Reinhardt.