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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blizzard Rope

A Day in the Life: November 30th

(Aged 15)
Wea.                                           MON. NOV. 30, 1896               Ther. 

Snowed hard all night.  Went to school.  Snowed hard all day.  Awful blizzard in the West.

State Historical Society of North Dakota:  Grand Forks, ND 1896

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                            WED. NOV. 30, 1898               Ther.

Drove to school.  Snowed a little but not much.

(Aged 18)

Wea.                                             THU. NOV. 30, 1899               Ther.

Stayed about Mr. Lord’s in A.M.  In P.M. went up to Topleville and got things ready for the show tonight.  In eve showed.  Took in $3.40.  Stayed all night with Mr. McGlenghry.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              FRI. NOV. 30, 1900                 Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Wrote a letter to Howard Wilson.

(Aged 20)

Wea.                                              SAT. NOV. 30, 1901                Ther.

Took a cow to the burg.  Got $11.75 for her.  Got a pair of horse blankets, milk pail, alarm clock.  Took off a grist of 15 bags.  In eve Pa, Ma + Rollie came over.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                               SUN.  NOV. 30, 1902             Ther.

Stayed at home all day.  Rollie came over.  The girls went home.


Editor's Note: The "awful blizzard in the West"  hit North Dakota and Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 26, 1896. Something I had never heard of until I moved to the Midwest was a Blizzard Rope.  I even think it was the linked poem where I learned about it.  A Blizzard Rope is a rope the farmer tied one end of to someone or something in his house and the other end to himself.  Safely tethered he could then walk out to the barn and tend the animals in the blizzard.  A farmer could easily lose his sense of direction on the simple walk he made every day if the conditions were bad enough.  The blizzard rope made sure he found his way back home.


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