Historian's Corner



Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
Historian's Corner
January 23, 2018

Sandy Creek News storm stories (1936)

In recent issues of the News mention was made by Rev. T. T. Davies, A. R. Stevens and others of the various storms of long ago, including the one on the day of the old Union, California, Colony and A. R. Cook blocks burned to the ground, also taking the home of Mason Salisbury and the fire would have swept to East First Street but for the heroic efforts of the Sandy Creek Fire Company together with many other willing helpers, not members of the fire department.

Rev. Davies mentions a time some twenty years ago being blocked by a blizzard in his attempt to reach Utica to officiate at a funeral, though he failed to mention the time he was lost in a blizzard on his return from one of his services at Orwell, when he nearly lost his life.

His good old horse lost the road and wandered into the corner of a fence, where some good neighbors “just happened” to find both man and horse nearly buried in the snow.

Like B. A. Loney who says he wasn’t even here in the days of grandpop’s storm reminiscences, neither was T.T. in Sandy Creek in the winter of 1877 when a trainload of passengers was stalled at the famous Old Sour Apple Tree. The hotel at Lacona was full to overflowing; private homes were opened to feed and lodge the wayfarers, and three of four commercial men with two West point cadets found their way to Sandy Creek village and to the hotel of the late P. D. Clark where all made merry during the fourteen days the train was stalled at Lacona. The two cadets were Peck of Watertown and his friend of Blake from some southern state, who had never seen any snow, to speak of. They were ordered by telegraph to take the first train south as their furlough, first in two years, had expired but instead they, with three of the traveling agents, hired a big team to drive them through to Watertown.

Charlene Cole
Sandy Creek/Lacona Historian
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