The Memphis Commercial Mid-South Memories April 29, 2012 reported “The steamer JACK FROST left yesterday for the Illinois River with three empty ice barges. Its return with the barges filled will be eagerly awaited by those wishing to slake their thirst with a cool drink.” April 29, 1887.
The Bohlen Huse Ice Company which was operated various times my great grandfather James Lee Jr along with my great uncle Bayliss Lee who later served as an officier after working for Lee Brothers Co. (which was the sole supplier to the Lee Line Steamers Co.) In the early and mid 1890’s the businesses called itself the Bohlen Huse Lake and Machine Ice Co, indicating that northern lake ice was brought to Memphis to meet the demand that man made ice could not satisfy. The Bohlen Huse Ice Company operated the first artesian well in Memphis. The business owned a farm in the Raleigh area of what is now Memphis where mules were rested from their jobs pulling ice wagons.