We don't realize how easy we have it. Our ice is made in our own homes, in our own refrigerators. Many of use don't even have to open the door of the freezer to get the ice.
But once upon a time, ice was made in plants and factories and delivered to homes. It was placed in an ice box where the perishables were stored.
The Morgue Lady has fond memories of her late grandmother referring to her refrigerator as an ice box, even though she had the most modern of appliances.
Tucson welcomed a new ice plant in 1922 for the tidy sum of $175,000. From the Arizona Daily Star, July 13, 1922:
NEW ICE PLANT FOR TUCSON TO COST $175,000
Will Be Added to Factory Located at Millville
One hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars is the sum that will be expended by the Tucson Ice and Cold Storage plant on the proposed new addition to their factory at Millville.
Bids have already been solicited for a plant with a daily capacity of 120 tons of pure ice, and specifications call for all modern improvements consistent with modern ice manufacturing and the saving of labor and fuel as is advisable with the making of a first class product.
The company has already a modern 6,000 ton ice storage plant on its holdings at Millville which comprise several acres of ground.
Bids will be opened not later than July 30 and construction on the addition to the plant will be started as soon thereafter as the award is made.
The International Filter company of Chicago has given its opinion of the water developed at Millville as being absolutely pure and of a suitable quality for ice-making purposes. The water has been developed from a well sunk 455 feet and is said by the Chicago company to contain 30 parts of solids to every 100,000 parts of water, which according to analysis, is the proper kind of water for ice making.
The water is of the same high quality supplied to the University from the Rincons.
One can't help but wonder if the winning bidder later went over budget on construction as so often happens these days.