“Yesterday (Januari 29) I (David Marvitz) got a call that the Amish farmers were going to cut ice this morning at 7:00 AM in Hazleton, Iowa. I could hardly sleep, I was excited to see this proces! When I got to Hazleton the sun peeked through for about 4 or 5 minutes and it was gone…
The Amish guy that ran the saw started cutting the blocks lengthwise of the pond
and then went crossways. They leave the bottom 1 inch, to cut with a hand saw and then each block is 10-12” square.
Then they are floated to an elevator
and up the hill
to be loaded onto the wagon
and transported to the ice house where the ice will last for a year.
The ice houses have 13” of insulation all the way around on the inside.
They store food in the ice house and they also use it to make ice cream. “
Photo credits by David Marvitz: thanks a lot to share these pictures on Facebook!