Tricounty News

Blizzard letters from ’75

Text from the Jan. 30, 1975, Tri-County News. Reprinted Feb. 6, 2003.

The following letters have been received from members of the group stranded in Kimball during the blizard [of ’75].

Dear Father Jim:

Just wanted to express my appreciation to you and St. Anne’s for your generosity and hospitality over last weekend. I just can’t tell you how much it meant to us to be so fortunate to encounter such a place as St. Anne’s and such a person as you. And I can promise you neither will ever be forgotten.

Thank you so much for everything.

Bless you always.

Kay Krost

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Civil War digest: Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1864

 

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1864

Confederate President Jefferson Davis asked General Braxton Bragg to come to Richmond, Va., from Montgomery, Ala., if his health permitted.

President Abraham Lincoln told Major General Frederick Steele in Arkansas that Steele and the civilian authorities could handle details of the new Arkansas government so long as the free state constitutional provisions were retained.

Fighting on this day included action at Fair Gardens or Kelly’s Ford, and near Knoxville, Tenn.; on the Cumberland River, Ky.; and near Thoroughfare Mountain, Va.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1864

Fighting was light today with a skirmish at Dallas, Ark.; Lee’s House on Cornersville Pike, Tenn.; and at Jonesville, Va.

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Civil War digest: Jan. 20-26, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1864

Federal naval vessels made a reconnaissance of Forts Morgan and Gaines at the mouth of Mobile Bay in Alabama. For some time, Grant and others had urged an attack on Mobile, while the Confederates feared such an effort.

Skirmishing broke out at Tracy City, Tenn., and Island No. 76 on the Mississippi River.

President Abraham Lincoln suspended five scheduled army executions. The president also told Major General Frederick Steele, commanding in Arkansas, that in view of the proposed anti-slavery state constitution, an election should be ordered at once.

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‘Snowstorm special’

Text from Jan. 16, 1975, Tri-County News. Reprinted from Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003.

That was the snowstorm of 1975! Some say it was the one of the century. Some say it was much worse than the Nov. 11, 1941, one. I cannot remember those good-old days, but I shall long remember this one.

Two days’ warning of the approaching storm made little difference. We kept right on driving, hurrying to keep our plans. It started snowing here in Kimball about 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. School buses left shortly after noon. Thursday had been but a teaser. About 3 p.m., I found myself stuck at the church parking lot. My new Valiant just doesn’t have a weighted rear end. Thanks to a push from a chained pickup, I made it to the highway. It frightened me not to be able to see the highway. With effort, I got the car into the shed and even closed the overhead doors. There’s where my auto has remained … three days of no wheels almost makes me a pioneer.

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Civil War digest: Jan. 13-19, 1864

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1864

Confederate President Jefferson Davis told General Joseph E. Johnston at Dalton, Ga., that for the army to fall back would be so detrimental, both military and politically, that he trusted that Johnston would “not deem it necessary to adopt such a measure.”

President Abraham Lincoln urged Major General Nathaniel Banks at New Orleans to “proceed with all possible despatch” to construct a free state government for Louisiana and urged Major General Quincy A. Gillmore to do the same in Florida.

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