Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday, January 27, 1936

Cold 10 [degrees] below zero
Done the chores and got meals and just daily work and tried to keep warm-
Mother has resented me and been restless all day-
Sent a letter to Florence Searles.
Papers report the storm and cold the past two weeks has not been equaled since 1888*
150 persons died from the storm.

About the Blizzard of 1888

*Irene is offering historical context here! The winter of 1888 was one of the worst on record. The blizzard of 1888, called The Children's Blizzard because so many school age children died in the Midwest, is the focus a great book. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin is part history, part biography, part survival guide. I highly recommend reading it. In Central NY the storm wasn't as bad as in the Dakotas, Minnesota, & Nebraska, but the cold held everyone in its grip.

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