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Day at Little Round Lake pool turns into day unearthing history

The men who did this type of work were paid $1 a day for their labor, work that often was dangerous, she said.

Sweeney's own father used to harvest ice for his family's use as well as part of the commercial venture on the nearby property. In fact, a stone building remains on her property that was used to store blocks of ice.

Sweeney explained that the blocks of ice would be placed inside the small building and sawdust would be used as an insulator to keep the blocks of ice ready for use through until the summer months. Today, Sweeney uses the building as a storage shed.

The advent of electric freezers in the 1930s made ice harvesting obsolete. Although the Hika and Pratt twins are much too young to remember life without such conveniences, they were excited by the find nonetheless.

"It felt really good to get it out. We were yelling and jumping because we were excited," said CayLee Hika.

The tool is shaped like a paddle and stands nearly five feet on end. Finnegan believes that it was used to wedge apart the ice after making the first cut.

The tool was part of the antique exhibit at the Saratoga County Fair.

"More people will get to see it that way. It is a slice of history that shouldn't be forgotten," he said.

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