The Memphis Commercial Appeal Mid South Memories for July 16, 1912:
“The Bohlen-Huse Ice Co. has started an ice-price war among local dealers. The average price of ice in Memphis for family consumption until yesterday was 35 cents per 100 pounds. But Bayliss G. Lee Bohlen-Huse president, said that until price is stabilized at 20 cents per 100 pounds to dealers and 30 cents to families, his firm will sell ice for 10 cents.”
I would imagine that a city the size of Memphis would have had many ice houses in this era, but I can only find mention of one. It was in the building currently occupied by The Butcher Shop in downtown Memphis.
With no other “candidates” I have assumed this was the ice house JDN worked in during the depression. Any thoughts?
Matthew, there were a number of ice houses in business during the teens and through the depression. You can do a little research using the city directories which are online at Tom Leatherwood’s Shelby County Register of Deeds web site http://register.shelby.tn.us/ under the City Directories 1859 – 1923 to check the locations of the Bohlen Huse Ice Co or the business located where the Butcher Shop currently is located.