Treasure #99 Ice tools

85 Ice Tools

85 Ice Tools

On the left are tools used by Joseph S. Abbott (1831—1901) to harvest giant blocks of ice from Dover’s frozen rivers. They include saws, tongs, and breaker-bar chisels. This was in the days before refrigeration so ice was essential…and profitable. Abbott harvested over 8,000 tons of ice annually from the Upper Cochecho. He also supplied hay and bedding, owned a granite quarry in Durham, and a heavy teaming business. He supplied granite for the #1 Cocheco mill, Sawyer Woolen Mills, and the Masonic Temple.  Abbott was chief engineer and driver of steam engine #4 at the Orchard Street Fire Station.  This engine was later renamed the ‘Joseph S. Abbott.’

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