Bohlen-Huse Machine and Lake Ice Co. June 30, 1891 invoice

235 pounds of ice for Mrs. Kerns icebox cost $2.35. Lake Ice referred to a time before the then modern steam powered equipment was installed and northern lake ice was shipped by barge to Memphis. Later the name was changed to Bohlen-Huse Ice and Coal Company with coal shipped by barge from northern coal mines. In addition to selling artificial ice and coal, the company sold lithia water which was described as having a calming effect on the consumer. Some time in the later 1890’s, my great grandfather, James Lee Jr., started an ice war when he lowered the price of 100 pounds of ice from $.10 to $.05.

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