Originally Posted by VeraBlue
JoAnn, I've always wondered about those iceboxes....Where did the ice go? How did it actually keep the food cool?
There was a door in the top of the icebox. That is where the big block of ice went. It melted slowly and drip into a pan under the icebox. You had to keep emptying it or it would run all over the floor. The outside of the icebox was wood but the inside was some sort of metal so the ice would last for a while.
We never had water in the house either, we had a pump in the back yard and the outhouse was in a shed in the back yard. She also had a wood burning stove in the kitchen to cook on. My mother had it pretty rough. But I want to tell you, no one had a cleaner house than we did. It was that way until till she died.
If any of you have your mothers yet, please tell them how much you appreciate them, before its to late.