Friday, December 9, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: Cutting Ice at NIU's Lagoon

From the February 10, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Ice men are busy cutting ice on the Normal pond (probably Northern Illinois University's Lagoon) and the skating will be interfered with until this is over.  There has been a good skating surface for several days but the fact was not known by many there was little use made of the pond.

"If the weather turns cold again and freezes over where the ice has been taken out it will make for good skating."

Ice Harvesting was quite a big winter time industry in northern Illinois at the time.

What, No Smart Phones?  --Cooter

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