Ice Cream Social

I just can’t stop thinking about ice cream socials.   They’re such a special part of our heritage.

I’m privileged to own the book “Six Miles to the Windmill” by Annie King Greaves.  It’s her personal recollections from 1908-1913.  Her words are so meaningful to me… they’re my story… my great-grandparents were in the same county at the same time doing the same things.  And so I treasure this little book.

She tells about an ice cream social.  Frank rode twelve miles to invite the neighbors, and they spread the word by riding on out to their neighbors.  Don drove a big team of red mules twenty-one miles to town, leaving before sunup, to get three hundred pounds of ice, getting back at sunset!  About thirty people showed up with gallon buckets, milk and eggs and cake.  The men took turns with the freezing while the children played games, and they’d yell for everyone to come get more ice cream when the next batch was ready.  She says that this went on into the “small hours of the morning”, when the wagons were loaded, and sleeping children were nestled into quilts for the ride home.  Everyone was happy because they’d had ice cream at least once that summer.

And that’s what our families were doing one hundred years ago out here on the high plains in Roosevelt County.  I’m so proud of them.  I think they were amazing people to roll our here in covered wagons and establish such wonderful little communities.

I shall make another freezer of ice cream in their honor.  After all, we must preserve the heritage!

9 Responses to “Ice Cream Social”

  1. Kim says:

    Great stories…What a wonderful lesson! Hard working people who loved life, and their friends and neighbors. When you stop to think about all of the hardships they endured, and the effort it took just to accomplish everyday things that we take for granted, we should all feel a little inadequate!

  2. Phillip says:

    I’ve read that! Good book!

  3. Carole says:

    I have requested the book through our local library system. It really sounds interesting.

  4. Sandy says:

    I sure hope your library is able to get the book. The introduction says that it is “the property of the First United Methodist Church of Portales, which will be the sole beneficiary of its sale.”

    I wonder if that church might still have copies. ??

  5. Cheryl says:

    I often think about what a special treat ice cream used to be since there were many challenges to be confronted and overcome in the time when ice wasn’t as close as our kitchen freezer or even the corner store. Today I think our tastes are often dulled by the “every-dayness” of our many treats. I like to think of what it would have been like to put that cool, sweet concoction on my tongue knowing this would likely be the only day of the year I would have that privilege.
    Thanks for helping me remember once again how trivial our challenges often are today!

  6. lawanda calton says:

    I’m happy that I can remember many of the stories my Granny told me about those days. Everyday life as well as specific incidents. Yes….they had “staying power”!

  7. Margret Jonsson Evangelista says:

    Was Annie Gordon Greaves mother, perhaps (the former editor of the Portales News Tribune)? I still remember what a dignified man he was. I still remember the first time I had homemade icecream – with fresh peaches – nothing ever has tasted so good!

  8. Sandy says:

    Yes, she was Gordon’s mother. Her little book is wonderful!

  9. Marcea Clive says:

    I read the book about 3 years ago and even checked with the ladies at First United Methodist Church of Portales, because there was talk that they might re-print it. I am assuming that they didn’t. I had borrowed it from a lady I worked with.
    I loved the book and my respect really grew for those early pioneers.
    Sandy, any reason to make ice cream is good……LOL

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