Shorty Jackson, the ice cream man

September 05, 2017
Edward 'Shorty Jackson' Anderson has been selling ice cream in and around Falmouth for more than 40 years.

Edward 'Shorty' Anderson has been selling ice cream in and around Falmouth for more than 40 years.

Shorty started his working life as a blacksmith, but as fate would have it, due to mechanisation, that kind of work soon became obsolete.

"In those days, farmers took their ground provisions to market on mules and donkeys. The Public Works used to have carts drawn by mules. One man used to sell milk on a cart drawn by a mule. There was always work for the blacksmith. When people started to take market trucks to market, work for me died," Shorty explained.

Needing to earn a living, Shorty was encouraged to sell ice cream. Back then, people made their own ice cream in ice cream makers which had a number of components. There was a big wooden basin into which an ice cream maker was placed. The basin would be packed with ice and coarse salt and then the ingredients would be poured into the maker, which would be turned manually until the cream was formed.

"I would ride this same bicycle packed with cream in a box, around which ice and coarse salt was packed in crocus bag, and travel to places as far as Duanvale to sell," Shorty said.

The veteran ice cream peddler told Western Star that getting ice cream is now easy and selling it is as easy as one-two-three.

"I listen to the sports report to find where the games are. I go to the depot, buy my cream and off I go. Sundays are different. I ride around Falmouth Gardens, Hague and Martha Brae. The kids are always at home waiting for Shorty," he said.

"The children - especially on a Sunday afternoon listen for my horn. If they have money, they get; and if they don't have, they get. Parents just meet me on the street and give me money for what they say they owe me for giving their children ice cream."

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