My brother-in-law was quite ingenious. He would figure out the best and easiest way to do things. Like getting a supply of ice put up.
Beaver Valley has a string of lakes, joined together by streams. You needed a lake to cut ice from, and the lake was quite a distance from his house. Well, just across the road there was a series of small hills, and they formed kind of a basin.
Al changed the direction of the creek ( which he could do to irrigate the meadow, or go through the corral to water horses, to water the vegetable garden, or to run the water wheel that charged the batteries for his electric light system!) You just had to move a few rocks to change it to where you wanted it to go. I told you he was smart! Do you follow me?
He diverted the creek so that the water filled this basin, and then when it froze he had a place to cut the ice!
All right … now it’s summer time and Norma, Mickey and the three boys are coming for a couple of weeks. Need a swimming hole! Do you follow me? Change the creek, and flood the basin. Perfect, grass lined swimming hole!