"The saloons, butcher shops, creameries and Kiewel [brewery] put up about 5,500 chunks of ice. An average 250 pounds to the chunk makes a total of 1,102,000 pounds. A pint of water weighs a pound and 8 pints makes a gallon. 1,102,000 divided by 8 gives us 137,750 gallons or 4,305 barrels of ice, or perhaps because ice is the lighter, about 4,300 barrels of water".
|A typical ice harvest in West Virginia in 1900 (Google Images)|
Here's something I found 4 years after posting this: In a 1913 book called "Household Discoveries: an Encyclopaedia of Practical Recipes and Processes", there's a whole dissertation on how ice was cut and kept for home use, including how to build an efficient ice house and how ice was harvested. Pretty cool!