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CYRUS: It was SO cold! The winter of 1917-1918

The winter of 1917-1918 was a doozy. Snow fell on the night of December 7, 1917, and by Monday, January 15, 1918, a total of twelve snows had fallen since winter's onset. Even more fell after that, and the good people of Adair County didn't see the ground until February.

And with the snow, came cold--breath-taking, bone-biting cold.

The temperature in Columbia on the Saturday morning, January 12th, fell to a frigid sixteen below zero, and the next edition of the Adair County News noted it was the overall coldest patch of weather in thirty years.

Without a doubt, however, the dubious distinction of the coldest spot in Columbia--and possibly in the entire length and breadth of Kentucky and maybe even as far north as Blue Ash, Ohio--during this blast of Arctic weather goes to the living quarters of one E.L. Feese, an employee ofthe News.

The utterly erstwhile Mr. Feese's testimony appeared on the front page of the News. In it, he was quoted as saying that "a blue streak of wind passed into his room through a key hole of his door, and when it reached four feet in his apartment, it froze, and could have been used for a walking cane."

CYRUSCentral Ohio Bureau Chief

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