Brutal Winters in Forest County

Hello Forest County Residents,

It is true that the last two years have been the coldest on record in the area but Forest County residents have always had to deal with harsh winters. Here are some of the issues Wabeno community members had to contend with in January of 1920, according to the Northern Wisconsin Advertiser:

  • The passenger train had to be pulled by two engines on account of the cold weather and snow
  • There was a lack of news to write about in the paper due to the cold weather keeping everyone in their houses
  • This winter was known as the “open” winter because it was open at both ends and the cold rushed right through (ha ha).
  • The weather caused the woodpiles to “melt away like ice in a July sun” (Northern Wisconsin Advertiser).
  • On account of the extreme cold, the school being held in the building formerly used by M.J. Dickinson and Company cancelled classes for a day or two.

It appears that no matter the decade, the epic winters of the north cause problems with travel, school closings, and running out of fuel to heat the homes. At least we have snow plows!

Wabeno area known as Padus (courtesy of Wabeno Logging Museum)
Wabeno area known as Padus (courtesy of Wabeno Logging Museum)
Wabeno area known as Padus (courtesy of Wabeno Logging Museum)
Wabeno area known as Padus (courtesy of Wabeno Logging Museum)

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