Part Forty-Two ~ Here comes the snow
So far this autumn we have managed to see very little snow in Westport, but we are slated to have a little bit of the white stuff early next week. According to the Diary of Nell McCann, that’s right about on schedule.
The following diary entries are about the first snows of the season in the early 1900s.
“First heavy Snow Storm of the Season (have to shovel) Nov 24/12”
This one is from 1913, when the first snow of the season arrived on the 10th of November:
Nov 10 First cold Blustery day with flurrys of Snow & dreadfull wind Storm & Snow Storm. Nov 10 Started to use the Wood out of the Barn
And from 1914:
Second Snow Storm of the Season the day Mrs Maurice Lehan’s Body was placed in the vault Nov 13/1914 (The first snow storm of 1914 was on October 26th)
Speaking of Nell, if you haven’t yet purchased a copy of Nell’s Diary, or the Book of Westport, they can be purchased at Town Hall during the winter months when the museum is closed. They would make a terrific gift for the holidays, or a thoughtful Stocking Stuffer. Copies of the Book of Westport are also available at The Lower Mountain Mercantile!
And now for some snow photos of Westport:
This photo from the pages of The Westport Mirror was taken on Bedford Street, back in the late 1960s or early 70s. A little later than the photos we usually share on Vintage Westport, but we don’t have an abundance of Westport snow photos from the early days.
An unidentified man stands in a snowbank with Mrs. Castle’s Bake Shop in the background. Circa the early 1900s, this photo was taken on Church Street.
Two unidentified women stand in the snow, somewhere in the village.