THE OLD DAYS

From the Issue: 
March 2012

    One of my favorite hobbies is reading the old New Hampshire Sentinel articles where I came across the following paragraph:

May 26, 1881:  Mr. C. W. Whitney has built an icehouse just East of his residence, which many have inquired about.  It is not a Summerhouse.  It is octagonal in shape, the roof running to a point and having latticed dormer windows put in part way up.  It is so unique for an icehouse that no wonder people inquire what it is.  It is possible to make even an icehouse attractive in appearance.

    We presently live in the Whitney house and I always wondered about the odd building in the old photo that looked like a fancy vegetable stand. As I gazed at the photo it was hard for me to imagine living in the “old days” and having the need to build an icehouse when all I have to do is get ice from the trays in my freezer. 

    This past Christmas the tables were turned on me.  As I took a tray of ice cubes out of the freezer I didn’t understand the surprised look on the face of my 5-year-old granddaughter until she ran off to find her father.  Sarah very excitedly exclaimed, “Daddy! Memere makes her ice cubes in an egg carton!!”   Needless to say, she took my “egg carton” home and now makes her favorite juice ice cubes.  As for me, I suppose I should get out of the “old days” of ice cube trays and purchase one of those fancy refrigerators like she has that automatically drops cubes in a glass from the door!