Mussehl, Art recalls blizzard of 1921
Fort Man Recalls Blizzard of 1921 Which Closed Roads Fort Atkinson —The snowfall of last night and today recalled to Art Mussehl, former musician and band leader in Jefferson county, an experience of just 28 years ago, when what promised to be a short dance engagement in Delavan ended up with a round-trip delayed journey in the country with stops in Delavan and Janesville hotels. The blizzard started on the evening evening of April 5. 1921, with sleet before the darkness and snow following. It was very cold, Mussehl Mussehl said, and all trees, flowers and shrubbery which had budded were badly damaged. The snow increased in intensity and volume volume until town roads were blocked by drifts up to 10 feet in height. Traffic on the main highways was stopped for several several days and trains couldn't move for two days—until snow plows had cleared the drifts. Mr. and Mrs. Mussehl, Lloyd Lieborman and William Lalk recall recall that Lalk had taken the band, the "Ragadours," to Delavan and by 2 a. m., when they were ready »o start home, the storm was at its peak. Lalk, undaunted, left for Fort. After a few miles the car stalled on the roadside in a five- foot drift. The musicians struggled struggled with it for a while and managed to get into the Pounder farm yard. They found shelter there for the night and in the morning Pounder hitched up his horses to a sled and took them to Delavan. The group had hoped to ca-tch a train to Beloit and another one to Whitewater where they had an engagement that night at the college. They spent the night in Delavan. On the following day, a train took them to Janesville where they spent the third night, Sunday Sunday in a hotel. They finally arrived Monday in Fort Atkinson. Lalk didn't get his car from the Pounder yard for a week.