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December 12, 2017
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Looking Back

By Cochecton Preservation Society

Ice harvesting season in Lake Huntington, shown here circa early 1920s, used to take place in January or February, depending on thickness of ice. The first hole cut was large enough to hold a wooden chute. Blocks of ice varied in size, from 24 inches square to 22 inches by 42 inches. They were pulled up the chute to Otto Heib’s Model-T truck and horse-drawn sleigh. Fred Bischoff is running the ice cutter made out of a car motor and ice saw blade. Henry Maas’s Ford Flivver is in background. Carl Meyer has the pike pole. Archie Keesler is using an ice saw near the sleigh.

The load was taken to an ice house to store the ice blocks layered in saw dust. By 1940, it was the end of the era for ice boxes and a hard way to make a living. An ice saw is on display at the Cochecton Erie Depot.
The Cochecton Preservation Society will meet in March 2017 at the station. To make an appointment for a tour, call 845/932-8104 or email cps12726@gmail.com. Visit Cochectonpreservationsociety.com