A couple of interesting news articles appeared in the Big Lake Wave newspaper in 1913 and 1914:
November 28, 1913: "The Big Lake ice house now has a capacity of twenty thousand tons of ice, a large addition having been built."
It was rumored that the ice on Big Lake was so pure, restaurants as far as the East Coast advertised this special ice for cubes in drinks.
March 6, 1914: "The NP Road is shipping Big Lake ice to Pasto, Wash. This speaks well for the water but how long will the lake stand the present drain?"