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The ice business in Wadena

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I got to thinking about the ice man when I was a kid and realized that people under the age of 60 don't have much idea of refrigeration used before 1940.

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When I think of ice, I, of course, think of ice boxes in the early days. However, the big users of ice in the late 1890s and early 1900s were the saloons and the brewery. The Wadena Brewery was the first business that put up ice from their brewery pond. I presume their ice house for storage was at or near the brewery.

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