Prior to getting electric in the early 50s, Dad had upgraded from the ice box to a propane refrigerator a couple years earlier. It was much like some they put in RVs. But we still had the wood burning cook stove and that mainly because besides cooking and winter heat, it was still needed to heat up Mom's irons for ironing the clothes in the winter.(I still have those irons and use them for book ends).<quoted text>
There is a Rulers grocery not far from here that sells blocks of ice and a few of the Amish harvest ice from ponds. The last couple winters have been slim pickings on that though. I wonder how thick the ice must be to harvest? At the current temps refrigeration is not a problem brrrr its cold outside!!!
Mom went modern with a gasoline wringer washer that still set on the back porch (noisy) and had a kick starter much like a motor cycle and about 8 feet of flexible hose to take out the exhaust fumes. You still had to heat the water on a smaller wood burner that was also on the porch and was called a "laundry" stove and carry the water over to the washer. But the washer had a long drain hose to drain out into the lawn. In the summer some of the cooking, heating of the irons, and the ironing was done on the little laundry wood stove out on the back porch. After the clothes were washed, they were taken out of the washer one at a time and dipped into a metal tub of rinse water then run through the wringer to drain the excess water then dropped into another empty tub to carry out to the clothes line to dry. She was one happy camper to not have to use the scrub board any more even if she did have to go out on that cold porch in the winter to do the laundry. Yes, we are all Blessed with our more modern conveniences and have gotten just a tad lazy LOL