Your Wife – She Just Might Save Your Life

Marriages create life. They connect family trees and create orchards of ancestors.

And sometimes your wife pulls you out of a snowbank.

Saved by His Wife: Decker Was Caught in the Big Snowstorm, Idaho Daily Statesman newspaper article 18 February 1898

Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Idaho), 18 February 1898, page 2

That was the case for Abram Decker, 35, of Sussex County, New Jersey, in 1898.

The Idaho Daily Statesman reports that Decker went to town late one night for groceries in bad weather, and didn’t return. Because they lived far from Newton, what should have been a simple trip for groceries became dangerous due to the distance and the freezing weather.

Patient but worried, his wife waited until early the next morning to go out and search for him; she feared the worst as she fought her way “through snow drifts in some places 15 feet deep.” The Statesman reports that when she found a single foot sticking out of the snow, Abram’s wife identified her frozen husband and saved his life by building a large fire to warm him and bring neighbors to their aid. Decker had collapsed from exhaustion, overtaken by the distance and weather. Thankfully his loving wife saved him from certain doom.

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Did you get snow? Bet it was nothing like the snow of 1898.

We got snow this weekend – lots of it.

Here’s a picture showing the snow piled on the railing of our back deck.

But, it was nothing like the Blizzard of 1898 – with 15′ high snow drifts.

We found many articles about the Blizzard of 1898 in GenealogyBank – including this one…

…about Abram Decker who was saved from freezing to death in the snowstorm by the persistence of his “devoted wife”.

This story was picked up and printed by the Idaho Daily Statesman, 18 Aug 1898.

Wow, what a story. His wife searching for him through 15′ snow drifts – finally spotting his foot above the snow and her efforts to rescue him by taking the railings from a fence to build a bonfire – lit by the flame in her lantern, to keep him warm. The fire got the attention of two farmers who came to their rescue.

Now that’s an incredible family story.

Tip: Don’t limit your search to just one state – Remember that the articles you’re looking for may have appeared in a newspaper in another state – in this example the story was picked up and printed in a paper clear across the country in Idaho.

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Alaska
Juneau. Daily Record-Miner. 174 Issues. 1903-02-03 to 1911-04-29

Arizona
Tucson. Fronterizo. 9 Issues. 1892-05-07 to 1892-12-10
Tucson. Tucsonense. 3 Issues. 1920-07-01 to 1922-04-20

Arkansas
Helena. Western Clarion. 2 Issues. 1865-04-08 to 1865-09-23
Hot Springs. *Hot Springs Village Voice. 2008-09-03 to Current
Jonesboro. Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1,976 Issues. 1904-09-03 to 1921-12-14

Little Rock. Arkansas Gazette. 3,354 Issues. 1821-01-06 to 1891-12-11
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California
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Los Angeles. Prensa. 177 Issues. 1932-03-06 to 1937-01-02
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San Francisco. Mefistofeles. 2 Issues. 1918-04-06 to 1918-07-06
San Francisco. *Voz de Chile y de las Republicas Americanas. 41 Issues. 1867-10-11 to 1868-05-26
San Francisco. Voz del Nuevo Mundo. 2 Issues. 1882-04-29 to 1882-11-18

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Florida
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Dover. Phoenix. 5 Issues. 1792-02-08 to 1795-08-22

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Las Cruces. Mesilla Valley Bulletin. 6 Issues. 1934-02-02 to 1938-10-21
Santa Fe. Daily New Mexican. 42 Issues. 1871-04-17 to 1874-05-21
Santa Fe. *Weekly New Mexican. 22 Issues. 1919-08-10 to 1920-01-25
Springer. Estandarte de Springer. 3 Issues. 1890-04-03 to 1891-01-15
Las Vegas. Las Vegas Daily Gazette. 26 Issues. 1881-10-09 to 1884-02-29

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