Days Gone By - stories from the past

Can you believe the Warrior River froze on January 30, 1940? Be sure to scroll to see the photograph at the bottom of this page

We’ve had some very cold days in the southeast the past few years, but I wonder if any can match some of these storms. In the Great Blizzard of 1899, blizzard conditions extended all the way to Tampa, Florida with records low temperatures across the southeast.

Young women playing in the snow on the campus of the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School in Montevallo, Alabama ca. 1899

Young women playing in the snow on the campus of the Alabama Girls' Industrial School in Montevallo, Alabama ca. 1899

 Young women holding snowballs at a footbridge in Montevallo, Alabama. ca. 1899

Young women holding snowballs at a footbridge in Montevallo, Alabama. ca. 1899

 Frozen waters of Falling Rock Falls near Montevallo, Alabama taken by R. W. Carlton

Frozen waters of Falling Rock Falls near Montevallo, Alabama.

 Snow dusts the ground in the photograph below taken in Kushla, Alabama in South Alabama in 1895

Snow dusts the ground in front of this Kushla, Alabama, home.

Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest, Kitchen & Bath, September/October 2008 Issue – Find space you didn’t know you had.

The photograph below was taken January 21, 1935 in Lawrence County, Alabama.  During this time, Dust Storms were taking place across the country.  In the winter of 1934-1935, red snow from the dust clouds fell on New England.

Pond Spring, the home of Joseph Wheeler, in Lawrence County, Alabama taken Jan 21, 1935

Pond Spring, the home of Joseph Wheeler, in Lawrence County, Alabama taken Jan 21, 1935

 

The last two photographs are of a rare snow storm in Mobile, Alabama  March 6, 1954 that extended all the way to Florida. The town of Milton, Florida recorded four inches of snow in one day.

Can you believe that this much snow blanketed the Mobile area in 1954?

Snow blankets the Mobile area in 1954. This image shows how the area around the Mobile Country Club looked after the snowfall.

 Alec P. Ogburn’s children build a snowman outside their Hillwood Road home after the snowfall of March 1954

Alec P. Ogburn's children build a snowman outside their Hillwood Road home after the snowfall of March 1954
Alec P. Ogburn’s children build a snowman outside their Hillwood Road home after the snowfall of March 1954

The photograph below from Caroline Horton is of her mother in a 1940 Alabama snow.  Her mother’s name is Sara Jo Harvill Hamilton (she was the granddaughter of Andrew and Joanna Caffee Smith, Bibb Co.).  Her mother is “walking” on the Warrior River by Hwy. 78 bridge in Jan 1940 – imagine that much ice, even for Walker County.

Sara Jo Hamilton standing on the Warrior River in Alabama in 1940

Sara Jo Hamilton standing on the Warrior River in Alabama in 1940

This story was reported in The Tuscaloosa News of Feb. 4, 1940
“For the first time in the memory of living local residents the Warrior River was frozen over with a sheet of 5-8 inch ice from bank to bank at the River Bridge and also at Lock 10. It was frozen on January 30, 1940 and later in the day passage of a boat broke the ice, but it reformed again overnight and was even thicker Wednesday morning. Low temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday at Lock 10 were 23 and 16 respectively, somewhat higher than the readings of earlier in the “big freeze” of the past month. The river had been chilled over a period of more than 10 days. Higher up the stream the ice was sufficient to prevent boat traffic, the tugboat “Mary” of Baker Tow Boat Company being locked in ice for nine days on Locust Fork.”

Discordance: The Cottinghams Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America. The Cottingham family eventually makes their way to Centreville, Alabama in early 1800s. 

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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