"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. And you'd saw it in chunks right there. You had a long board where you'd slide that, put tongs around it and pull it up along the skidway, up into that wagon and – pieces of ice – 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 - Cutting and storing ice


Other Excerpts from Albert Friesen's Interview:

What's for lunch?
Smoking Ham
Cutting and storing ice
Choosing crops to plant

Entire Interview with Albert Friesen