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.
Mora Evelyn Boone (1901-2008) has passed away. She was the nation’s and probably the world’s oldest genealogist.
Her great-granddaughter Alice Boone wrote about her life on their online site at: Ben and Alice. She describes an indomitable woman who was beloved by her family and added that despite her age, “She was an enthusiastic Internet user for her genealogical research.”
“My great-grandmother saw a lot of things change in her life: just to give one example, she traveled around Texas in a covered wagon when she was little and never flew in an airplane, although she did get to ride in my grandpa’s Prius.”
Mora Evelyn Waddell was born 23 Dec 1901 in Greenville, Hunt County, Texas. She passed away 11 Dec 2008 in Houston, Texas. She married James Leroy Boone, (born 15 October 1898 in Carlisle, Lonoke County, Arkansas; died 22 Mar 1996 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas) on 25 December 1921 in Houston, Texas.