Ice Business in Cowley County 1877-1922
[EDITORIAL FROM BEACON RE COLD WEATHER.]
TRAVELER, JANUARY 10, 1877.
The thermometer on Friday morning last, marked nine degrees below zero. This is the coldest weather since the winter of 1872-1873, when it was colder by five degrees; the thermometer indicating fourteen degrees below for two successive mornings. Several persons were frozen to death and a large number more or less injured by the cold. When the window glasses are broken by the frost and the wagon wheels ring out like sleigh bells, it is a good sing of the low temperature. We notice quite a number of the large panes riven by the cold. Beacon.
AM SKIPPING ARTICLES ABOUT NARROW GAUGE FROM EMPORIA...WHY BOTHER WITH SOMETHING THAT DID NOT HAPPEN! I DID MENTION IT IN AN EARLIER PAPER DUE TO "KELLOGG" RELATIONSHIP.
ALSO, AM SKIPPING ITEMS CONCERNING DEATH OF COMMODORE VANDERBILT.
TRAVELER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1877.
RABBITS are plenty.
The ice-packers were busy last week.
ALBERT WELLS writes from Missouri that he had his foot cut off in a saw mill.
The gentle zephyr of Sunday morning last came near blowing out the front of Newton's shop.
MR. NAIL had his foot damaged by the falling of a cake of ice while packing it in Mitchell's ice house.
JAMES MITCHELL has 100 tons of ice in his house on the Walnut. It is nine inches thick and clear as crystal.
SEVERAL CASES OF DIPTHERIA are reported in this vicinity. It is also prevailing at Wellington, Sumner county.
WHEAT was sold as high as $1.28 per bushel in Wichita last week. There has been comparatively little taken in during the late cold spell. The chances are that it will advance still more, as it is quoted at $1.40 in St. Louis, and the tendency is upward. The farmers are having a happy time once more, and when they prosper, we all prosper.
In this issue the advertisement of the Old Reliable Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad appears. It is the most practical route from Kansas to the East, and affords a safe and pleasant journey. No change is made from Wichita or Kansas City, and only one change is necessary to carry you into Chicago.
The Lazette Bugle comes again. Since its last issue it has grown to double its original proportions. Among the ads we notice, "We, Us & Co., Attorneys at Jaw," "Get & Keep, Bankers," and other ingenious ads. Keep up courage, John, and the Bugle sound will be heard throughout the land.
ICE. MORGAN & RENTSCHLER have an ice house near the Central Avenue Hotel, and 150 tons of very clear Walnut river ice packed in it. The experiment of keeping ice over two winters will be tried by some parties. Last summer were was no ice in the market, owing to the mild winter before.
NOVEMBER 25, 1880.
Three thousand turkeys died in Cowley county last evening, the 24th.
Swain & Watkins have the contract for the wood-work of the courthouse wings.
A lamp explosion took place last week at the house of Mr. Sherburn, at Oxford.
Frank Manny talks of converting his brewery into a flouring mill. Good for Frank.
Wood, of the late firm of Wood, Jettinger, & Co., is now the sole owner of the Winfield mill.
W. T. Ekel was relieved of a fine gold watch in Topeka last week by some smart pick-pocket.
We are happy to learn that Judge Martin is not deceased, but is recovering; though slowly.
Max Shoeb has taken a partner, Mr. Brown, in the blacksmithing and wagon making business.
Why don't someone fit up an ice house? They might get a corner on it, as Jim Hill did in 1876.
Skating is all the rage among the boys and girls, and the river above the Bliss mill is kept alive and noisy.
[MORE PERSONALS: TRAVELER, DECEMBER 1, 1880.]
During the recent cold spell ice formed to the thickness of six inches on the Walnut. We understand Hollenbeck took advantage of the present crop of ice, but just how much was stored away we cannot say.
COURIER, DECEMBER 9, 1880.
Last week Frank Manny put up one hundred tons of ice, five and a half inches thick.
[THE ITEM OF ICE: SANTA FE.]
DECEMBER 23, 1880.
The item of ice alone, is no inconsiderable one, to the
A., T. & S. F. Railroad Company, which will be seen by a glance at the following figures, which were given our reporter by Mr. F. M. Smith, purchasing agent of the road.
The Company is storing ice along the entire length of the road, as follows: 700 tons at Lawrence, 500 tons at Topeka, 400 tons at Atchison, 450 tons at Emporia, 500 tons at Florence, 1,500 tons at Florence storehouse, 450 tons at Newton, 400 tons at Sargent, 500 tons at La Junta, 250 tons at Pueblo, 400 tons at Las Vegas, 350 tons at Pueblo, 400 tons at Las Vegas, 350 tons at Gallisteo Junction, 450 tons at Albuquerque, and 400 tons at San Marcial, or a total of 7,200 tons. This ice is to be used for the comfort of passengers by the Santa Fe. Commonwealth.
JANUARY 6, 1881.
The Arkansas river is frozen over as far down as Little Rock.
[MORE PERSONALS: TRAVELER, JANUARY 12, 1881.]
T. J. Gilbert, trader at Kaw Agency, was in town yesterday. Mr. Gilbert says the weather has been a little cold in the Nation, and in corroboration of the statement remarked that he was putting up some thirty tons of ice for use during the heated term.
[THE MONITOR'S LOCALS.]
JANUARY 20, 1881.
Frank Manny is happy. His large ice houses are filled with beautiful ice, much of which is a foot thick. How is that for the "Italy of America?"
[THE MONITOR'S LOCALS.]
FEBURARY 3, 1881.
Frank Manny left last Monday for a visit to the Fatherland, and expects to be absent about sixty days. He has just finished putting up two thousand tons of ice, and thinks he has earned a rest.
[OXFORD WEEKLY ITEMS.]
MARCH 3, 1881.
The Oxford City Mill will be in operation again today.
The Indians who have been camped near town for the past several days pulled up stakes and started north yesterday.
It is probable that the Oxford ferry will be in operation by next Tuesday, and the bridge will be repaired as soon as possible.
Two men from Winfield, whose names we did not learn, in attempting to cross the river on the ice with a team and buggy, last Monday, broke through and had quite a lively time for awhile, but succeeded in getting across without anything serious happening.
TRAVELER, MARCH 22, 1882.
Caldwell gets ice from Nebraska.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
Kellogg=s ice house is filled with solidified Arkansas water to keep cool next summer.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 7, 1885.
An immense ice gorge, extending from AHorse-shoe Bend,@ nearly to Neosho Falls, a distance of almost twelve miles, has been formed in the Neosho River by the recent very severe weather. A large portion of this mass is reported as being from five to thirty feet in thickness.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
AD. ICE! ICE! BUY YOUR ICE OF ARCHIE DUNN.
He delivers it to any part of the city. He has plenty of it. DO NOT DRINK MILK WARM WATER this hot weather, but keep cool by buying your ice of Archie Dunn.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
Ad. St. Louis Ice Cream Parlor.
Having renovated and refitted my place in first-class style, I am ready to accommodate my old customers. C. A. BURNETT.
Ice Cream Delivered to any part of the city from the St. Louis Ice Cream Parlor. C. A. BURNETT.
Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.
Misses Abbie Hamilton and Minnie Stewart are assisting in A. A. Newman & Co.=s store during the holidays.
Arkansas City Business School, rooms under Hoyt=s hall. New classes formed the first week in January.
Board and furnished rooms for two more gentlemen at Dr. Alexander=s, on North Summit street. Terms reasonable.
Archie Dunn is putting up an ice house on the banks of the placid Walnut with a capacity for holding 100,000 tons of ice.
Arkansas City Republican, July 10, 1886.
[MORE JOTTINGS...FROM THURSDAY=S DAILY.]
Mikado Ice Cream is the latest and now served at Mrs. Smith=s Ice Cream parlors. It is a New York dish and only the best material can be used. Try it, it is just delicious.
Arkansas City Republican, February 12, 1887.
Our ice men have begun to harvest the second ice crop. Frank McDowell has purchased the Henry Bowe ice house and is filling it. He has the Crocker ice full. Frank will have plenty of ice this summer.
[MEN KILLED IN A. C. ICE PLANT WILL GET COMPENSATION INSURANCE.]
MONDAY, MAY 15, 1922
An insurance feature that was overlooked in connection with the two men who were killed in the A. C. Ice Plant Friday afternoon, is the insurance that is provided under the state compensation law.
This insurance is required of all industrial plants. The minimum amount of insurance provided in this manner is $1,400, and the maximum $3,800, per employee. The amount the employee receives is rated on his pay for the previous year. While it was not officially stated by the company, it is understood that each man in this case will receive the maximum amount, $3,800. This insurance is not paid to the beneficiary in a lump sum, but is divided into monthly payments covering a period of eight years.
This insurance was carried for the ice company by the Integrity Mutual Casualty Co. Wm. Kendall, adjuster for the company, from Wichita, was in the city Saturday arranging for the adjustment of this insurance.
["THE HENRY BRAUN STATION" - THE KEEFE-LeSTOURGEON COMPANY.]
AD: MONDAY, MAY 22, 1922
Cash & Carry for North End of City
Although not completed, "The Henry Braun Station" will be open for the accommodation of Ice Customers, commencing next Monday morning, May 22nd.
Rube will be looking for you. We guarantee you service, courtesty, full weight. Never go away dissatisfied. All employees instructed to accept and settle any question of weight as you say and without argument.
No tipping please, you are paying for what you buy and the employee is paid to give you service.
The "Henry Braun Station" is being built for your convenience and satisfaction. It is your institution to render you such good service as to meet your constant commendation and should it fail to so function we want you to advise us.
If you do not have a small pair of Ice Tongs to make your ice handling easier, ask for a pair.
The Keefe-LeStourgeon Company