Day 161

Philip Dietz Coal Company

June 8th, 2012

Like our friend Rubel, Mr. Dietz dealt in coal and ice. He's featured in this history of the neighborhood's ice industry, a wonderful window on the days when the ice man still made his rounds.


  1. Peter M. Dietz says:

    Thank you for the photo! That was my dad’s company.

  2. KEVIN SMITH says:

    Peter, Philip Dietz is my great grandfather & I’m 69. That would make you over 100 years old. There is no mention of a Peter in any records I’ve seen. His children were Gustave, Harry, & Gertrude. Gustave, my grandfather, ran the company after his father passed. Then it was run by Warren, his son, until it was sold I believe in the 1990’s. The building was sold to the local electric company & although they were going to demolish the coal silos for more room, I believe they are still there. They were so thick that it was not economical. Grandpa’s children were Warren, Dorothy,(Mom) & Bobbie. All have passed.

  3. KEVIN SMITH says:

    There were also Emil & May Pflug as children of Philip.

  4. Kerrie Hansen says:

    Harry married an older cousin of my mine, Viola Randall. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times, however the last time it was a family reunion and she was a delightful old women, who loved to tell stories. Her daughter Marilyn was going to start working on a family tree as well.

    I should reach out to Marilyn’s daughter, to see if she has the tree she was working on.

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