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In All Its Fury The Great Blizzard of 1888

In All Its Fury The Great Blizzard of 1888


The morning of January 12, 1888, was calm and warm. School children played outdoors in short sleeves. Then literally without warning, the storm roared down from Canada at 50 miles per hour. Temperatures dropped 36 degrees. Snow up to 8 inches covered the Great Plains Furious winds swirled the snow into a blinding, life-threatening blizzard. More than 1,000 people died. This was the Blizzard of '88, the storm that covered nearly one-third of the nation. The subject has fascinated storytellers, historians and songwriters for a century. Some years after the storm, W.H. O'Gara of Laural, Nebraska (one-time speaker of Nebraska's House of Representatives), formed with others the January 12, 1888 Blizzard Club. In 1945 members of the club began collecting stories of the blizzard from all over the Midwest. These accounts of heroism and courage on the Great Plains were first published in 1947. They are reprinted here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great storm and the final meeting (April 9, 1988) of the Blizzard Club. -James L. McKee This book is a compilation of the stories of "The Blizzard Club" members. It gives their first-hand accounts of how they survived the Blizzard of January 12, 1888. This blizzard is also known as "The Children's Blizzard". This is a fascinating telling by the individuals who lived through it of a great natural disaster. Book written by W.H. O'Gara.