Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
The entire region was buried in snow – more snow than even the old-timers could remember.
The town of Palouse, for instance, had almost 2 feet of snow on the level. In North Idaho, a mixed passenger-and-freight train was marooned in snow “window-deep” between Enaville and Murray. About 30 miles of track was buried in huge drifts.
Wallace reported 28 inches of new snow, which resulted in a snow depth of 4 feet on the level.
The city of Spokane hired 200 extra men to clear the streets.
In the Cascades, eight people had already died from avalanches and the situation just kept getting worse. The railway stations at Stampede Pass, Upham and Martin were “buried out of sight by the snow.” All of the families of railroad workers were evacuated. A group of railroad linesmen escaped from the deep snow on foot by walking down the tracks through waist-deep snow. They took turns breaking trail every 100 yards.
The Italian and Japanese work crews were refusing to work in the most dangerous areas after a number of workers died in a slide.
The big rotary snowplows were still at work, but there was nowhere left to throw the snow. It just rolled back onto the tracks.
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1963: Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel “The Bell Jar” was published in London under the pen name “Victoria Lucas.”