Hazel J Park on the left in the black hat. Grace Martin on the right. This is the year of the first flood in Rochester, Il. Hazel and Grace wanted to check it out.
Left row-back to front: Joyce Skinner, Don Taft, Kelton Catron, Cavitt Hollis.
Middle row : Nova Nell Blankenship-teacher, Arthur Catron, Carlos Catron, Eileen Heissinger, Velma Caton, Jack davison
Right Row: Jeananne Skinner, Lawrence Catron, Wayne Taft, Arlyce Catron
If you think this winter has been tough, take a look at what it was like 100 years ago. The above picture and headline appeared on the front page of the Daily Illinois State Register, Friday, February 27, 1914. Following is the story that appeared along with the picture.
How The Snow Stopped Railroad Traffic
J.E. Coe of Rochester supplies us with the photograph from which the above cut is made, showing a Baltimore & Ohio train battling with a twelve-foot snowdrift. Only the upper part of the engine is seen protruding through the snow. It was impossible to move either way until relief squads with shovels cleared the track.
Similar photographs have been received from C.H. Burghart, photographer of Greenfield, ILL., showing the C. & A. right of way banked high with snow and trains stalled. A special message from Greenfield follows:
“The Springfield-Eldred train, which left Springfield at 5 o’clock Sunday evening and was in charge of Robert Shekelton, veteran engineer for the Chicago & Alton railroad. An extra engine was coupled on at Carlinville. At 8:30 o’clock Sunday evening it plunged in the snow about four miles west of this city. It was not able to turn a wheel either way.”
The origional picture was from the Pauline Watkins collection and is dated January 24, 1914. The location of the snowbound train was just across from where the library is today.