A. G. Forney's diary of Groundhog Days

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uk-who hcniis-comparcd agi- a ich- eou-tinne 800-000 In- bc- lea-son is a- (JROUSDHOG DAT. Frag.xents From tho Diary of A. G. Forney, of Bello Plain. Dei.lb Pi.aixe, Feb. 2, 1887. I'l-iroK I'l-iroK I'l-iroK News : This day is kuown s ''groundhog day." Some people thiuk that if that little animal comes out ou llils day and sees his shadow, he will return and retnaiu six weeks loiigf-:, loiigf-:, loiigf-:, and that (here will be aix wi tks f u inter yet to come. Iu order to j r.nc t!u fallacy of this old adage, by jour permission, I shall take from my !i;iry u little history of this day fur the 1 at nine years, aud let the n&diT draw his own conclusions: 1878. Fthrii".r 2. Part ot the day clear bn! i!i-.' i!i-.' i!i-.' Mit.sl.:::e. This mouth was a liilxturi i:f cold '"aud warm, but the wxvr.i prei'u;uluating aud the cold not severe. On the 6lh of March was a siliit storm, severe enough to chill to death eight youug pigs. Wii'ter eud-c.l eud-c.l eud-c.l on this day. Your estimable grocery grocery man, M. T. Funk, arrived from Victor, lo ve. 1879. Febntr.rv 2. Bright, warm, sunshiny sunshiny d:i . 'I he t-utire t-utire t-utire month was berfHtHtil wt-athcr, wt-athcr, wt-athcr, not worthy of the name of :iu 1: On March 1st, was qtibr a storm : o-mi o-mi o-mi turned off uice, aud winter was ove r 1 m. February '2. Warm, clear and nice; temperature ?2 degrees above zero Entire mouh was exceedingly fine weather: only three or four y orniugs that the ground -uii. -uii. frozen, the cold est moniii.g being 8 degrees above zero, on tho 2ih. March 14th, the tcuijHT.-itiiic tcuijHT.-itiiic tcuijHT.-itiiic uidciiy fell to wiihin 5 degrees of zero, which was the coldest coldest uiorn'nip since Christmas morning, 187:. On that morning it was U de gree below zero. 1881. February 2. Oui:e a frost this Hioriiiiij;: turned oil' warm and clear. Thn rotiLdhog, unless blind, can see his shadow to-day. to-day. to-day. This month proved a Wfiisderfiil cold one. In fact, on the lit!., we witnessed the most severe sic i ni that has ever visited this coun try since its setthment. The storm racd nil night and all day, terrible strong wind, snow drifting in places from six to eight feet. Several farmers engaged In the cool business of shov cling the miow in order to find their hog-. hog-. hog-. Tin-1 Tin-1 Tin-1 was uo more cold weather after ihi; 2o!h. 1882. Ft !;t tiai y 2. Calm, clear, warm day, TLl- TLl- mouth was very warm aud pleas- pleas- ai t. 'xceptii!g a storm-period storm-period storm-period lasting three dTivs 11, 20 and 21. During those !a s there fc.is quite a storm accompanied by considerable thunder mid Ii'iti;i:!g and sleet, fanning a glare of ice- ice- The remainder of the month wus nice, except muddy. On the O'h of March, snow commenced falling and reached the depth of six iiit iics: Iroza some 011 the 10th. The suow soon melted and winter returned from w hence it came. 1883: February 2. The animal could not J sec his shadow to-day to-day to-day ; very cloudy and ucrth wind ; 6 degrees above zero, This month wan a stunner to the wood- wood- chuck theory, as it proved u hard win ter mouth. On the 4th, the tempera ture reached 20 degrees below zero Suow, ice, wind, rain and mud was the order of the month. I consider it the worst mouth on feeding-cattle feeding-cattle feeding-cattle I ever saw. AVIddick, Stuukje, Potter, Gilchrist, Uarucr, Troutman and oth ers who fed cattle, will bare witness, March behaved very well. 1884. February 2. A warm, clear, calm day. Thi month was very nico, ex cept about four days during the mid dle of the month, when wo had quite a storm, the temperature sulking down to to 4 degrees below zero, on the 14th, which virtually ended the cold weath er for '84. March marched along with out much complaint. 1885. February 2. Clear part of the dayt and cloudy the balauec. On this day tho ground was covered with water; very few uice days; tho mouth, on an average was severe aud disagreeable ; the coldest morning was the 10th.. the mercury falling to 9 degrees below zero winter ended. 1K86. February 2. During -the -the forenoon it snowed ; afternoon sun ehined. This storm commenced on the 1st and was geueral all over the state. Trains were blockaded: a few people, as well as dumb brutes, were frozen in differ cut parts of the state. On the 3rd we find the mercury 12 degrees below zero; a stroug wiud playing hide-and hide-and hide-and gc-scek gc-scek gc-scek with the snow drifts; every thing presenting a cool and dreary appearauce. As I gaze 011 tho flying snow that should have lit in Nebraska and listeu to the howliug wind, it fair ly makes me shudder for the proud title ol "Sunny Kansas." This storm broke the Dack of old winter aud he never returued until the 6th and 9th of March, wheu he bid us larewell, by a dose ot suow. and sleet. If there is auyttiug,whatever,in the "groundhog day" I fail to discover it. I no not thiuk the theory is applicable to this country, because the little ani mal is not au inhabitant. (-ESTIMATES

Clipped from Belle Plaine News12 Feb 1887, SatPage 2

Belle Plaine News (Belle Plaine, Kansas)12 Feb 1887, SatPage 2
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