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Hartselle Enquirer

A look back at cold weather

About this time of time folks are ready for spring to come.  We hope that on Ground Hog Day a few days ago the ground hog didn’t see his shadow so spring can hurry up and get here.  We Alabamians can tolerate a good bit of cold weather, but we tend to get depressed when low temperatures force us to stay mostly inside for long periods of time.

March 25, 1894–Easter came not with bright sunshine and smiling faces, but cold and dreary with looks of regret on the faces of those fortunate enough to have new suits and dresses for the occasion.  But notwithstanding the wretchedly cold weather, there were large attendances at all the churches.

Feb. 2, 1895—Because of the recent very frigid temperatures has been almost nothing [incomplete]

February 21, 190–K. S. Speedy, the famous high diver from Cincinnati, braved the cold weather and dived a distance of seventy-five feet from a tower into four feet of water during the Decatur business-men’s’free street fair this morning.

March 23, 1895–The cold weather of this winter is interpreted to mean a healthy spring and summer; while the abundant snows throughout the country is taken as a sure indication of good crops the coming season.

July 3, 1895—The cold weather of this past winter ought to mean a healthy summer, while the abundant snows experienced throughout the county should mean good crops this season.

Feb. 18, 1903–Today is the coldest day of the winter thus far.  At six o’clock this morning the thermometer registered six degrees above zero, and the weather moderated but very little during the day.  Last night about two inches of snow fell, and the fall was accompanied by a regular western blizzard.  Telegraphic and telephone communication were cut off almost entirely this morning.

  March 5, 1907 (Decatur, March 4)—Word was received here this morning of the death of County commissioner S. P. Lovelady of the Fourth district.

Mr. Lovelady died yesterday at his country home near Danville. He was an ex-Confederate soldier, and was over 60 years of age.  He was a familiar figure about the county court house in Decatur, having been one of the county commissioners for a number of years.

He had been in bad health for some time but the immediate cause of his death was due to a severe cold which developed into a case of pneumonia.  The interment will take place at Danville tomorrow. (AH) (edited version) (aged) (disease)

April 14, 1907–The continued cold weather has ruined the prospects of the promising early gardens here.  It has also caused the Elberta peaches to drop off considerably.  Just what effect this unusual weather will have on those that remains on the trees remains to be seen.

February 22, 1911–Late last night some unknown paries attempted to break into the storeroom, where is stored a large quantity of liquors that were seized in the raids on the soft drink stands some days ago by Morgan County Sheriff R. M. McCulloch and deputies.  A deputy, who was guarding the place, fired at the intruder and he fled without getting any of the “booze.”  The night was a very cold night and evidently the fellow who tried to break in wanted something to keep him warm, but the deputy disappointed him. 

Feb. 7, 1912—Five degrees was the low reading on local thermometers during our recent bout with very chilly weather. It wasn’t welcome and we’re glad now to be experiencing more spring-like weather.

Feb. 8, 1912—As in Hartselle, the thermometer here in Lacon registered five degrees above during the recent cold snap.  There was considerable suffering among the stock of the county.

Feb. 16, 1922–D. F. Strong did considerable business in Hartselle on this cold winter day.