You want to talk about climate change?
Really — well I don’t neither/either! So let’s jump ahead to January 30, which is only 35 days from today, which is December 26, [see, I told you 4 out of 3 people can’t do math] but we are also jumping way back to a copy of The Enterprise dated January 30, 1925 — 95 years ago.
To those of you who were not born holding a newspaper you should know that the lead story on Page One is the top right column.
There had been such a devastating snow storm that the editor struggled with which story to use as the lead…so he sort of used two leads, with the same size/style type, 60 point Cheltenham/bold for the headlines at the top of the right and left columns.
The lead with sub-heads:
“SNOW BURIES EAST; SHIPPING IN DANGER – Syracuse Four Feet Under Snow, Albany Crippled as Storm Sweeps New York State; Vessels Endangered All Along Coast.
“SYRACUSE, Jan. 30 (United Press) – This city is paralyzed today by the worst storm in the history of the city. The state-wide snow-squall apparently centered on this locality.
“No street car, motor bus or auto has moved since last night and the railroads are tied up completely.
“Up to eight o’clock this morning four feet of snow had fallen, and fire companies were unable to answer a single call.
“The roof of a motion picture theater had collapsed last night ten minutes after the last audience left.
“Albany was practically snow-bound today for the first time in years. No trolleys operated from early last night until nearly noon today.
“Snow plows with eight trolleys pushing them became stalled in the heavy drifts. Train service was also at a standstill for several hours with no interurban cars able to run.”
Left column lead with sub-heads:
“VILLAGE ISOLATED IN HEAVIEST SNOW – Snow Fall of Two Feet During Night Cuts Saranac Lake from Railroad and Highway Communication; Train Service Being Resumed with Difficulty through Deep Drifts; Streets Being Cleared Slowly with Wind Continuing to Pile Up Blockades.”
“Snowbound for the first time in five years, Saranac Lake today grappled with the results of the deepest continuous snowfall the village ever had.
“Starting at about 9 o’clock last night the snowstorm was continuous until the middle of the morning, and conservative estimates average the depth between 24 and 30 inches.
“Highway connections are entirely cut off, as are also railroad connections to the south. Automobiles have been unable to operate on the village streets.
“High winds of blizzard proportions accompanied the snow and drifting added to the blockade. Although the sky cleared, the wind increased in velocity, and drifting continues to cripple communications over the entire Adirondack region.
MORE SNOW FELL IN
STORM OF 1898
“Frank E. Sheldon, Chief of Police, who is a lifelong resident of Saranac Lake, considers the snowstorm of February, 1898, the year of the fist winter carnival, equal to, if not heavier than that of the past 24 hours. He also mentions the heavy storm of February 16, 1920, as one to compare with this.
“John R. Hogan agrees with Chief Sheldon, that the 1898 snowfall was a deeper one than today’s. The storm arrived the day before the carnival, and it was a true winter scene in which the parade was staged. Pyramids of snow, similar to those all along the streets today, lined the course of the parade.
“According to Charles J. Greenough, who has lived here for many years recalls it’s the biggest snowfall he has witnessed. In 1873, it was early in the winter, when he was driving stage from AuSable Forks to Saranac Lake and he recalls there was then a sixteen-inch snowfall.
“Police authorities today invoked an almost forgotten village ordinance [still in effect] requiring householders and property owners to clear the snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes or places of business each morning before 10 o’clock.”
H’TOWNS BIG PLOW
‘BORES’ ROAD OPEN
“Harrietstown’s five-ton tractor snowplow, which happened to be at Saranac Inn last night, was successfully boring its way back to Saranac Lake today, clearing the road in that direction. The new ten-ton plow of the Town of Franklin, however, is tied up in a snow drift near Franklin Falls.
“Lake Placid, Bloomingdale and Vermontville are in the same isolated situation. The only outsider seen today in the latter village was a lone horseback rider.
“Plattsburgh experienced the coldest morning of recent years Wednesday when the mercury registered from thirty to thirty-six below in various sections of the city.”
50 DEGREES BELOW
“It was more severely cold north of Saranac Lake on Wednesday morning than it was in the mountains. Along the Canadian border and at points a little this side the cold was of Arctic intensity, fifty degrees below and even lower being recorded in several hamlets and villages.
“From reports from all parts of the Adirondacks and North Country it is evident the morning was one of the coldest on record.
BOOZE WAS RUNNING BUT NOT THE WATER
“Water pipes are frozen all over the North Country but cars are still running booze. Despite reports sent out by state troopers and federal agents that highways are impassable for motor traffic booze is still being run in cars. On Monday morning a car was being chased in the Keeseville section. It was abandoned by the driver who escaped. It carried a load of alcohol.”