The Swartz and Thompson families ran the business. Over the years, numerous men and a few women worked with the company. Below, you will see a photo of Mr. Rumpler, the debt collector, and one of Ralph McClure, who worked in the coal plies.
By the 1940s, the company had added onto the already large structure located along Ritter Avenue next to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. They also updated their fleet of vehicles.
Many Irvingtonians stayed warm in the winter thanks to this company and kept their food cool in their ice boxes during the warmer months. As refrigeration became common, and citizens turned to natural gas, coal and ice companies like this one had to diversify or close shop. Irvington Ice & Coal was eventually bought out by an oil company in the 1970s and shut down. Today, several of the structures on the site still exist and a ghost sign still adorns at least one building.
These historic images are courtesy of Rodney and Sue Thompson. You may also see additional views of this business by visiting the Irvington Historical Society located in the Bona Thompson Library.