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Blast from the Past


January 10, 2019

This photo gleaned from the Jan. 2, 1969 issue of The Times shows Waitsburg following a 10" drop of snow. Temperatures of 24 degrees below zero resulted in two homes burning to the ground due to heating problems. The sign for The Times building can be seen in the upper right of the photo.

Waitsburg is experiencing an especially mild winter, thus far, but that certainly wasn't the case in 1969. The front page headline in the Jan. 2, 1969 issue of The Times read "9" Snow and 24° below zero hit area." The lead story began:

Readers will recognize many of these local figures from when Dayton and Waitsburg were rivals rather than teammates.

"A snow storm which dumped nearly 10 inchese of the unusual white stuff everywhere in the area was the news story of the week.

Accompanied by temperatures in the area which fell to 24 below zero, the show which began Friday night fell most of the weekend, turning into a dry, powdery top layer by Monday. The low temperatures stalled many people who were unable to start cars and trucks.

Two homes in Waitsburg burned to the ground because of heating problems which arrived with the storm."

It makes one appreciate our current mild temps, doesnt it?


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