Old News – March Snowstorm 1914

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Thurs. March 5, 1914


Brockport streets were never in more impassable condition than on Monday morning after the heavy storm on Sunday night had piled them high with drifts in some places so high that entrance to buildings was impossible until three or four feet of snow had been shoveled away.

The east side of Main street fared better than the west but the drift near the corner of Clinton and Main streets presented the aspect of a snow fort built by small boys, and stood nearly eight feet high. There were few placed along the street where the snow was less than three feet deep.

Eighteen inches of snow were registered between Sunday night and Monday morning. The strong north-west wind made the storm seem even worse than it was. Brockport fared even better than many towns father east. Penn Yan was milkless, Auburn was isolated until noon, Geneva was trainless and Clifton Springs cut off. All the milkmen around Brockport experienced great difficulty in getting into town but managed to make it, remembering the many hungry babies on their routes. A peculiar sight was witnessed yesterday at the Normal school as a result of the snow. The snow on the roof of the Gymnasium very slowly began to slide until a snow and ice formation, about 12 inches thick, 25 feet long and 7 feet wide was hanging about seven feet over the side of the building. The bank represented probably from four to six tons of snow and fell with a crash about 11 o’clock. Trolley service although somewhat impaired was fairly good, thanks to constant use of snow plows. N. Y. C. trains arrived nearly on time from the west but service from the east was entirely broken up.

Several teams and a force of men have been busy since Monday carrying away the immense snow banks on Main street.