FOOD: Public Iceboxes

Near Centralia, Wash., in the fall of 1917, while the rest of the U. S. was busy with World War I, a hunter bagged some pheasants which he wanted to keep for his Christmas dinner. As an accommodation, an ice-plant operator named J. A. Winchell plunked the birds into a water-filled milk can, froze them in a solid ice cake. On Christmas Day the frozen fowl came out of the ice cake fresh.

To Engineer Roger Sprague of Omaha's Baker Ice Machine Co., who serviced the Winchell account, the frozen pheasant episode gave an idea. Mindful that most U. S....

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