Rescue party at Huron, bound together by ropes, searching for missing children
|Title||Rescue party at Huron, bound together by ropes, searching for missing children |
|Date of Original||1888 |
|Description||Child lying next to another in snow with line of five people holding rope in distance in snow storm. Lead man has arm raised likely indicating that he found the children. |
|Ordering Information||Consult: http://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/duplication-services |
|Item Number||Folio 102EnB45.1a |
|Format of Original||Lithographs|
|Dimensions of Original||12 x 12 cm. |
|Publisher of Original||Frank Leslie's Publishing House|
|Place of Publication||New York (N.Y.)|
|Transcription||"From sketches by corresponding artists" - Printed with caption..|
"The Blizzard in the Northwest. The severest snowstorm and accompanying cold wave that has been experienced in the united States since 1873, when seventy persons perished in a blizzard, set in throughout the Northwest on Wednesday evening, the 11th inst., and lasted fully three days. Its worst effects were felt in Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska, where for a week travel was almost completely suspended. Nearly 200 persons are known to have lost their lives, and the list is daily lengthening as the remoter districts are heard from. On the plains of Dakota, parties of searchers were brining in frozen bodies all last week. the sufferings of thousands of poor families have been terrible, and cattle have been frozen to death in droves.
The blizzard of the Northwestern plains is something unknown on the Atlantic or Pacific slopes; and it is more awful than description or fancy can portray. The following is the account given by Western correspondents of the sudden descent of the recent storm: 'At sunrise on Wednesday, January 11th, Dakota had never had more ; lovely Winter weather. The air was clear as crystal; the wind was from the south, warm and balmy, and before the sun was high in the sky a decided thaw had set in. Farmers took advantage of the beautiful weather to got to town, to draw wood, hay, etc. About noon a cloud was seen along the northwestern horizon, lying close to the ground, but stretching from the west to the north in a dark semi-circle. Little notice was taken of it, but in an hour the cloud had spread over the country, the sun obscured, the snow was falling fast, and a gale was sweeping from the northwest with terrible fury. The blizzard had begun. the mercury fell rapidly, and by five o'clock it was fifteen degrees below zero. The next morning it registered thirty degrees below. All the while the wind increased in fury, the snow fell thicker, to be blown into powder and hurled along by the wind. On the prairie an object twenty feet distant could not be seen. A man's voice could not be heard six feet distant. the air was full of snow and ice as fine as flour, and roaring of the wind and the darkness caused by so much snow in the air made the scene the most dismal, drear and forsaken that man ever looked upon.'
The railroads were blocked, without an exception, throughout Dakota and Minnesota, and nearly everywhere in Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. The telegraph wires were down, and it was not until the early part of last week that the full details and the extent of the terrible blizzard were reported. then came appalling lists of the dead, the most pitiful stories of the sufferings of men, women, children and animals, and tales of heroism worthy of imperishable record. at Stoloff, Dak., a Miss Jacobson, a schoolteacher, started home with a little girl, and both perished. When found, Miss Jacobson was crouched in a little hollow in the ground with her arms about the little girl, and her dress-skirt was wrapped about her. Her own bonnet was off her head, and her hand clutched her dress at her throat, but there was a smile on her face. Two children, a boy and a girl, of Joseph Hutchinson, near Gary, were lost going home from school. Twenty-five men at once started on the search for them, and the mother could not be kept from going along. the poor woman was with the party who found them. They were lying close together, and the boy had his sister's hands between his own. On Thursday forenoon just before the blizzard struck southern Minnesota, a party of seven farmers, about twenty-five miles northeast of St. Paul, started for their homes, having been to the city with wheat. The bodies of four of them have since been found dead. A Mrs. Knutson, of Rushmore, was found frozen to death within forty feet of her door. Her husband was absent, and becoming uneasy, she started in search of him, and was lost. At Aberdeen, Dak., a pretty nineteen year old teacher left school during the storm to got to a farmer's house thirty yards distant. Her dead body was found nearly a miles from the schoolhouse. Four children froze to death in a schoolhouse at Mellette. The teacher left them to get assistance, and her body has not yet been found. Miss Steubierner, another teacher, twelve miles from Aberdeen, was out all night in the blizzard, and other persons saved their lives only by walking blindly for hours in the driving storm. these are but a few instances, elected from scores of equally harrowing recitals.
Sufferings from the intense cold are reported from other States and Territories, from Montana to Texas. In western Kansas the number of destitute people is said to be most alarming. Many have perished, and those who are left are in such an emaciated condition, that should another blizzard come upon them within the next three weeks the number of deaths will be appalling. There is now not only a lack of fuel, but the food supply is so short that starvation stares hundreds in the face. Whole families are said to have perished in their houses, and others are said to be burning their furniture in the stoves.
What was called a remnant of the blizzard reached New York, in the form of a brief 'cold snap' followed by a snowstorm, in the early part of last week; but no seaboard State knows the terrors of the Western Winter, as illustrated by the scenes described above, and pictured on pages 393 and 401." - Article (p. 398-399) accompanying illustration.
|Notes||Title from caption.|
One of three related images on page under series title: 'Scenes and Incidents of the Recent Terrible Blizzard in Dakota.' The other two are 'Schoolmistress compels a pupil to walk all night to prevent freezing,' and 'Another brave teacher shelters one of her pupils from the storm.'
|Repository Institution||North Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies|
|Repository Collection||Dakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102|
|Collection Finding Aid||Consult: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6673 |
|Credit Line||Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102EnB45.1a) |
|Rights Management||Image in public domain. |
|Digital ID||rsl00005 |
|Original Source||Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Jan. 28, 1888. p. 401. |