Winter 1945

February 1945: Looking south from Eldred Four Corners.Photo courtesy of Timothy C. Rizzuto.
Lake View on Highland Lake, February 1945. Photo courtesy of Timothy C. Rizzuto.

Wednesday, January 24, when it was snowing and blowing most of the day, Ella started a Lucky Star tablecloth for Eleanor Bosch. Austin Smith and his son Dale visited the Leavenworths.

Thursday it was 10 below zero in Eldred; and negative 26 at Highland Lake.

The terrible cold and snowy winter weather was referred to in a letter of Charlie Bosch and later in a letter of my dad Arthur Austin.

Charlie Bosch was practically snowed in at Highland Lake when he wrote his grandson Billy Bosch a lively letter at the end of January.

Charlie Bosch, Highland Lake, 
to Willie Bosch, Queens, N.Y.
Sunday, January 28, 1945
Dear Little Billy, Mom, and Pop,
Just now it’s all snow at Green Acres [later called Green Meadows on Highland Lake] and 27 to 25 below. You sure couldn’t stand it as it is so cold.

We have to stay in the house and keep the stove red hot. It’s so cold the Rabvards [Billy’s pronunciation of “rabbits”] won’t come from under the porch. 
I feed them cabbage and frozen apples and rye bread…

There’s so much snow—4 feet in the woods, 30 inches on the fields.

It’s sure hard on the deer and the Mud Pond pickerel must be very near starved. Nobody is fishing there. I am now staying alone at the big house; just Pippin [his dog] and I. Of course I have plenty to eat and good firewood. I just stay inside and take it easy.

I have enough wood in and by the house for a long time; enough groceries for six weeks or more. Have everything but bacon. I have pork chops, liverwurst, noodles, pancakes, and plenty of canned stuff in the cellar; and beans, cabbage, and carrots to make soup. (Seven inches of snow last night.)

Your Grandpopper, X X X

M.Sgt. A. Austin, Hdq.Co., AA, N.Y., to Lon Austin, Eldred
April 8, 1945
Dear Uncle Lon,
Was glad to hear from you and to learn how well you have come through the winter both physically and financially. It certainly must have been quite a storm. In a way am sorry to have missed it as 1945 has undoubtedly made history as far as Winters are concerned.

Saw Bill a while ago and he is out of the hospital but is not sure where he will be assigned. I hope it will not be to an infantry outfit.

At last it really looks as though this war will end shortly. In any case I have good prospects of getting home this summer perhaps for longer than I expected.

However imagine most of us will see service in the Pacific before the war with Japan ends…

Hope you and aunt Aida have kept well and to hear from you again soon. Your nephew, Art

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One Response to Winter 1945

  1. Mary A. says:

    We in Michgan are having a very cold, snowy, windy, winter, but when I read 28 below, it isn’t quite that cold, but we have had 15 below and the windchill much colder than that!

    I am remembering though, walking to school with my brother Johnny in 20 and more below zero in Barryville. I’m guessing it might have been about a mile from the Methodist Parsonage to our school.

    We dressed warm of course, but still it really was cold some days!

    What I liked to do was walk up on the crusts of snow. The snow banks got solid on top after a while and one could walk a top of 3 to 4ft. banks of snow and not fall in!

    I learned to ice skate on Glass Factory Pond in Barryville. Our teacher Mr. Crispel took us there and he taught me how to skate, others too, I’m sure.

    Glad though that I don’t have to walk in all that cold now. Though we thought nothing of it when we were children!

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