Deep Snow of
October 29, 1830, the memorable "Deep Snow"
commenced falling, covering the ground to a depth of 20
inches on the level, and drifting in many places 12 feet
deep. A week or so afterwards, another snow fell of about
the same depth, and actually covering the ground, without
drifting, to a dept of 2 feet in most places.
January 3, 1831, another snow fell, which added to that
already on the ground, made a depth of nearly 3 feet. The
situation may be imagined. Travel was almost impossible.
The few roads were blocked, and no one pretended to go
abroad except on horseback.
In a short time there came a thaw, then a freeze, the
latter forming a crust through which the deer would
break, while wolves and dogs passed over in safety. Large
numbers of deer and turkey perished, and could be caught
with but little difficulty.
The snow lasted till the first of March following, when
it went off with a warm rain, and there were great floods
resultant. The season of 1831 was unfavorable for the
settlers of this county. Corn was the chief staple then
raised -- the principal dependence of the people -- and
the corn crop of that year was a failure. Much of it was
planted late, and the season turned out backward and cool
and the summer was full of east winds.
At last, in August, there came a frost, "a killing
frost" and nipped the corn so severely that it did
not ripen. The grains were so imperfectly developed that
but few of them would germinate and the next spring, seed
corn was very scarce and very deer. Certain vegetables
were also injured by the frost, and to many, the
situation was actually distressing.
This page was last updated
June 7, 2005.