Crystal Ice Company

Crystal Ice Company


Crystal Ice Co., started in business, first ice plant in city organized by Jas. Hudson, J.A. Turley and S.B. Steece. – unsure of date of newspaper

Welcome, 1966–That event called a Happy New Year is here. No doubt you heard it arrive. Once upon a time on December 31, about midnight, Ironton shot off a lot of steam. Whistles in midtown sounded at the Crystal Ice Plant, the Elbert Brewery and Dupuy Tannery, all located near Seventh and Railroad streets. – Excerpt from  “Whistles and Steam and Happy New Year,” Herald Dispatch, January 1, 1966. Written by: Charles Collett / Submitted by: Robert Kingrey

     Los Angeles, February 6, 1934        

Editor Tribune: Sixty years have passed since the writer answered an advertisement in the columns of The Tribune’s honored predecessor, The Ironton Register, resulting in his employment as a boy in the Register office. That was on February 6, 1874. I remained in the service of the Register twenty-seven years, until moving to Chicago.

        I think the service might as properly be referred to as service to the community; for although material gain is the primary object in the publication of any newspaper, I am sure the service such a publication gives its community, both in social matters and in financial good; far outweighs the financial benefit to its owners.

        This is especially true of the smaller community and a clean paper. Such a paper the Ironton Register was, under the guiding hand of the late E. S. Wilson.

        One’s start in life’s work is but typical of the experience of the great majority. Somewhere, each begins his serious duties. The beginning may be planned, or may seemingly come by chance. Who knows whether it is ever, or how seldom, by chance? Seemingly of small importance at the time, the start may determine the whole source of life. It grows in importance as we reflect upon it. I hope the similar events in the careers of all my readers will remain equally pleasant in their remembrance. I have had continuous employment in printing and publishing throughout the long period, in agreeable work of a character to be helpful to others.

        Twenty years ago at this time, I sent the Register a letter reminiscent of the former happy and industrious days. Again when fifty years had passed, the Register published a like message sent from Los Angeles, of fond remembrance and of affectionate greeting to friends and readers, remaining after so long a time who might remember.

        Now it is sixty years. May I once more address through your columns such as may be reached of the dwindling company of acquaintances and friends in the Register family of those years?

        To them and to all who are younger or new in the community, dear to a countless number who have gone forth to distant places, this former resident sends his cordial greetings.

        Fond memories of the old home town and its friendly folk illumine our day-dreams and come to us at night. We know it is so with very many more. Perhaps a hundred former Irontonians reside in the Los Angeles community alone.

        What changes have come about in sixty years? In the community. In personal affairs and family. In conveniences of living. In transportation. In conventions and social standards. In manufacture and business. In state, national and world affairs, and in general knowledge as the scope of one’s hearing is almost any home extends literally to the ends of the earth.

        We have come to know that the affairs of each nation and each inhabitant affects in some degree the fortunes and well being of every other.

When the Ironton Plow factory followed by Henry’s mill, was where the Crystal Ice factory is now. When Park Avenue was Olive street and when “Cory’s tunnel” was blasted through the hill.” 

The Crystal Ice Company was founded by Samuel Brady Steece, who also started the Ironton Portland Cement Company, which later became Alpha Portland Cement.