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Springfield Ice Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: mss-522

Scope and Contents

The collection contains records of the Springfield Ice Company owned and operated by Clare John Parker, including employee pay, customer accounts, expenses, accounts with suppliers, as well as records documenting the Ice Industry, the Concrete Industry, the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the War Food Administration, and the New England Ice Dealers Association.

Dates

  • 1899-1962

Creator

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

The Springfield Ice Company was reorganized and incorporated in 1915; an incorporation attempt in 1874 appears to have failed. Information about the business is scarce. A mention in the Chester Advertiser from December 29, 1906 notes that 20 men were employed in that season's ice harvest. Up to that point, 3,000 ice "cakes" measuring 16 inches thick and weighing 200-250 pounds each had been secured.

Clare John Parker (1904-1987) worked for the Springfield Ice Company as a manager (circa 1930), Secretary Treasurer (circa 1934), and owner (circa 1940). His father, Robert B. Parker (1877-1959) also worked for the Springfield Ice Company in different roles, including as a machinist, circa 1930. It appears that both men moved to Springfield from Massachusetts, with their families, between 1920 and 1930. Robert married Hattie J. Bell (1881-1961) and they had 3 younger sons. Clare married Mary Alice Blodgett (1904-1994) in 1928; they had three children: Clare John, Mary, and Ruth.

Extent

3.13 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 2 boxes)

Abstract

The collection contains records of the Springfield Ice Company owned and operated by Clare John Parker, including employee pay, customer accounts, expenses, accounts with suppliers, as well as records documenting the Ice Industry, the Concrete Industry, the National Recovery Administration (NRA), the War Food Administration, and the New England Ice Dealers Association.

Location

Library Research Annex; contact uvmsc@uvm.edu for access.

Processing Information

Suggested subjects: Ice Industry, Concrete Industry, National Recovery Administration (NRA), War Food Administration, New England Ice Dealers Association.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Springfield Ice Company
Status
Completed
Date
2018 May
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)