The Crystal Ice Manufacturing Company began as the Whittier Ice and Cold Storage Company in 1914 by C. Caldwell and delivered
ice to homes in Southern California. The collection contains ledgers, legal documents, sales forms, receipts, and a time book
related to the operations of the Crystal Ice Manufacturing Company.
The Crystal Ice Manufacturing Company began as the Whittier Ice and Cold Storage Company in 1914 by C. Caldwell; the company
used horses and wagons to deliver ice to homes in Southern California; L.O. Montegomery purchased the company in 1915; as
the business grew, trucks replaced the horses to expedite service; in 1928, all ice was sold to homes, cafes, and butcher
shops, but by 1930 business expanded to provide ice for railroad cars carrying citrus fruits; in February 1938, Philip L.
Gabriel purchased the company, built a seasonal ice storage building, and the name changed to the Crystal Ice Company of Whittier;
in 1941 the company expanded to include its Fullerton site, and a second food locker plant was also built.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
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