|Frederick Tudor, the Ice King (Wikipedia Commons)|
|Ice Harvesting on a river in Maine|
|Ice harvesting display at the Maine State Museum|
I'm writing this from South Bristol, Maine, where various member's of my family have had holiday cottages since 1910. There are two activities here: lobster fishing and summer tourism. Before the summer people began to arrive in the late 19th century this was an isolated community that relied on fishing. So it was that the Thompson family, 160 years ago, started sawing up their pond in winter, storing their ice in the Thompson Ice House for use by fishermen to bring in a fresh catch and for its shipment to Boston and New York.
|The restored Thompson Ice House|
|Some February ice remaining in the ice house in August|
|Ice busters in the Thompson Ice House|
|Herbert "Ice" Thompson|
Yesterday, while walking in the woods, Jill and I came to a small cemetery and there were the graves of "Ice" and generations of Thompson icemen and women. It's tempting to say---but of course I won't---that if any family deserved to be cryogenically preserved, it's this family.
Ice seemed to be able to carry a block of ice holding just one of
the handles. I'm not sure how he did it.