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Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society
Location: Presque Isle
Contributed by: Hubbard Free Library
Date: circa 1940
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Owner in 1924: Cynthia A. Downes
Use: Summer Dwelling
Owner in 1924: Portland Sebago Ice Company
Use: Storage of Ice
Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.
A Portland newspaper wrote about an ice storm of January 28, 1886 saying, "The city of Portland was visited yesterday by the most inconvenient storm of the season."
The astronomical arrival of winter -- also known as the winter solstice -- marks the year's shortest day and the season of snow and cold. It usually arrives on December 21.