Since the warmth of summer tends to erase our memory each year of what North Country winters are like and we are surprised anew at snow and cold, we present Charles Wilson's record of the winter of 1914 as a sort of commiseration as well as perspective that winter comes every year...
A sampling of entries: [editor's comments in italics]
January 6: Cold east wind. The wind has been in the east for 6 days & changed to-night
[perhaps February will look up?]
February 2: Candelmas day. Sun Shone bright a part of day & part cloudy. Warmer to-day.
February 3: A nice warm day & thawed a good deal.
February 7: I Shovelled [sic] Billings walk, Mrs. Laws & my own. About 3 inches of Snow fell last night. It thawed most all day & turned cold & windy & blustering.
February 8: Sunday. Pretty cold & clear. I had my eyes tested & a new pair of glasses.
February 11: A Cold day. 20 degrees below zero this morning & the same to-night at 6 o'clock at night.
[Perhaps the weather will have pity on Mr. Wilson for his birthday... or not]
February 12: My birth day - 67 years old. Last night & to-day terrible cold. Anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees below zero. Verry [sic] Clear. I paid Kelsey for coal delivered on the eleventh - 30.50 lbs of coal by check [$]10.93.
February 15: Sunday. Cold & clear. We are on the sick list. None went to church.
February 18: A Real Nice Day. I went up to my place & up to Eliza's & back home. I gave Eliza her last year's card for the 2 cords of wood she sent to the Church.
February 19: Another nice day. I split wood here.
February 1914 turned nice eventually and we suppose so will ours in 2011. Get out there and split some wood.