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Has Civilization Pulled The Teeth The Old Time Kansas Blizzard? Of SAVAGE'S HISTORY OF REPUBLIC COUNTY RELATES INSTANCE OF WHERE SEVERAL PERISHED IN A BILZZARD AT EASTER-TIME, 1873 Among the leading questions de- \ were not so well prepared as they are bated among the Kansas pioneers and | now. While it did not turn very, cold those - interested in pioneer days, is 1 here at that time, a good man/froze that of whether the real blizzard, is a j to death elsewhere. thing of the past. The cold snap which, ntl ^v v,;™^..^ *i. 4. I has gripped this section for the past bad n!U ^nPnni™H «« M ™ r ' * «» ^ ^ ™w i bIl ?5 ard occurred on March 13, j ^T " 5 two weeks, we think is bad, but what of the driving, blinding snow storms of western and north central Kansas, as they used to be back in the 80's and 90's ? 1876. Many were living in dugouts at that time and an instance is related that the snow—had-collected—in"such groat amounts about a particular dugout dugout on the John Hay homestead Pioneers relate instances where \ southeast of Scandia, that the eldest many people lost their lives in bliz-1 son of the family, Thomas Hay, had zards of this kind, in the early days. 1 Were the storms then actually so much more severe? Judging from the following interviews interviews gleaned from old time citizens it would seem that in these days Mother Nature_had_evidently^jjulled thellteeth of. ihe old time blizzard. —A,—B.—Bachelor,—pioneer—retired farmer and hardware merchant, of this city, who has been in the west for 62 years, tells of a severe snow storm when he was driver of a government government mule team at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, when he was 16 years of age. They had very little protection except a tent and the snow until it was four feet deep on the tent floor. He went several days without food. - However, the worst blizzar ! d that Mr..Bachelor_recalls _Jwas -during—the winter of 1886. It lasted three days and many perished in the storm, especially especially in the Dakotas and other Northern and Western states. Isadore Bowersox, pioneer farmer of Union township, Republic county, who still lives on the old homestead near the Union Valley schoolhouse, says that the worst blizzard in his recollection was the memorable Easter storm of March 13, 14, and 15, 1873. It began with a great downpour of rain, but afterwards turned to snow. Mr. Bnwprsnv wn^- viriting —at—the to make a hole in the roof in order to get out of the dugout. Large ravines ravines are said to have been completely filled level with snow in many instances instances during this storm. In connection with the terrible Easter—storm—of—1873^—mentioned above, Savage's JHistory of Republic county, tells the following pathetic incident: "One of the saddest events which has ever happened in this county, county, and which draped the whole community community in mourning, occurred while the storm was at its height. Two families lost most of their loved ones, eight in number. The house 'of Mr. Crane, one of our most estimable citizens, citizens, who was absent from home, was burned on Saturday during the storm and his family, a wife and four children, children, took shelter in the residence of -MR -Bennetfe—On-Monday-night~the- hurricane took off the roof of the stone house, and blew in the gable end, crushing the floor, causing it to fall into the cellar, where the family had taken refuge from the fury of the elements. Mrs. Bennett was severely severely injured. When morning dawned Mr. Bennett proceeded to the house of the nearest neighbor to obtain help. He was unable to procure it, and made his way to the next house, where |he succeeded in gettingassistance. Upon his return a most terrible home of a neighbor, John Nelson three miles north of his home and remained over night. He started home about 8 o'clock the next morning at which time the snow ~Habr barely begun, and before he reached home the snow was drifted over the fences. People sight greeted his eyes. There, in the clinging embrace of death, lay his wife and three children, together with Mrs. Crane and two of her children. A_hoy_and_girJ_of-Mrs^-Crane^s-were still alive, and Mr. Bennett carried them to the residence of the nearest neighbor, at which place the boy died

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  1. The Belleville Telescope,
  2. 27 Jan 1927, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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