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  • Tags: Comeau's Ice House

An ice pick from the J. Leo Comeau collection of ice handling tools.

An ice pike/gaff used by J. Leo Comeau to push and pull the ice. J. L. Comeau was the last of the icemen to make deliveries.

Before the widespread availability of refrigeration one of the only way to keep things cool was with ice. Fresh water supplies, such as the Assabet River flowing through town, was a source of ice during the winter and a major industry grew up around…