The mill is now closed down. H.D. Lee was one of the foremost entrepreneurs in Salina. In addition to the flour mill he organized the H.D. Lee Mercantile Company, the Lee Hardware Company, Harvester Building Company, the Kansas Ice & Storage Company and the Farmer’s National Bank. He was best known for the one piece overalls made in his garment factory.
I’m just old enough to remember going with my dad into the ice house to pick up ice. We had electric refrigerators, I’m not that old. But I remember going through a thick insulated door into a frigid warehouse. I can still see, in my mind, the overhead lights caught in several stacks of ice blocks. We didn’t take the block home whole, it was dropped into a large ice crusher and bagged. That’s how we got our ice to make ice cream.