Days of the ice harvest ends. .

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Warwick In History Minutes | 0 comments

“Warwick in History” – The following was taken from the STORY OF GREENWOOD LAKE.

In recalling his days with the ice crews, Vincent Detro said that by the time the horses and sled got to Sterling Forest to begin the day’s work, it was still dark, but the darkness had the arly stages of daylight around the fringes. The day would last up to ten o’clock or even midnight, and in those days the temperatures stayed in the teens or low twenties. For all this they got $1.00 per day.

A few of the old timers also recall with a smile, that in addition to the $1.00 a day, sufficient portions of Orange County applejack were supplied. This retailed at $.40 a full quart. One of the choicest and best known applejack whiskeys was Sayer’s Apple Brandy, distilled at Sayerville, between Bellvale and Warwick.

The days of the ice harvest ended with the coming of electrical refrigeration.