Skidmore Digs Out, 1912

We hope your travels are easier than those of our Skidmore, Missouri ancestors in leap year 1912. Here’s a report from the February 29, 1912 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

ALL TRAINS BLOCKADED AND TRAVEL SUSPENDED.
Biggest Snow Storm of Season Stops All Travel.
Ten to Twelve Inches Snow With Roads Impassable.

The biggest snow storm of the winter struck this part of the country Sunday afternoon. Snow fell all night with the wind blowing a terrific gale.

There must have been twelve inches of snow and the high wind soon drifted the lanes full, making travel impossible. All trains on the Burlington were snow bound. Section men report the cuts filled with snow from three to six feet deep.

Monday forenoon was spent in shoveling snow from side walks, “tunneling” into the stores and shoveling off walks to the wood sheds.

Some of the “old timers” said that this looked like the winters they used to have, only not nearly so bad. Of course they always date back a little farther than the rest of us can remember and say that this isn’t a patcher to that time. Bill Hickman said Monday morning when he was shoveling a tunnel from the walk up to his doorstep, that this storm reminded him of 1776; Bill can remember a good ways back, but he can’t tell any bigger snow story than Uncle Reub Barrett.

Uncle Reub said that when he was returning from Pennsylvania last winter he passed through snow on the train in Northern New York six to eight feet deep on the level. Jonah Brown said that Uncle Reub only passed through a railroad cut where the snow had been shoveled out six to eight feet deep.

Any way it was a big snow and the sun came out before noon Monday and now we may look for almost as much mud as we had snow.

Tuesday Morning First Train.
Tuesday morning about ten o’clock the first train after the big snow storm arrived in Skidmore, bringing the first mail we had received since Saturday evening.

The train was the regular morning passenger going south and was preceded by a clearing train, consisting of an engine and caboose, carrying a crew of twenty-five men.

The snow plow or clearing train met with no very bad trouble however, as the track from Valisca here is mostly north and south, and in these cuts the drifts are not so deep as east and west cuts.

The Skidmore folks, several by the way, who started to Maryville Sunday evening reached their destination about 7 o’clock Tuesday morning, after spending two nights and a whole day on the train near Wilcox. They fared sumptuously on the “pulman diner,” chiefly on cheese and crackers supplied from the store in Wilcox.

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