History repeats, weather memories in Winthrop
Monday, January 6, 2014 - 6:58 am

To the Editor:

I can remember back to winter in the ‘50s when we had flags on our antennas because snow banks were so high.

Christmas Eve 1958 I was stationed at SU and the snow banks were so tall on SR 11 (there was no I-81) that many houses couldn’t be seen from the roads.

Christmas Eve 1967 we lost power at dinner time, and we had three children and it was in the negatives, we were planning on going to my parents in Parishville as they had power. Mike was five, Chantelle was three, and Melinda was five months old.

We prepared them to travel, started the car, drained the water, and it was 10 p.m. The children were afraid Santa would not find them but we assured them he would.

I was to come home and check things out and my parents would follow. Just as were turning off the candles and lanterns the power came on. It was then -25 outside, 55 degrees inside, and I went to bed at 1:30 a.m. when it was 62 degrees and the furnace cycled. Yes, Santa arrived at 5 a.m.!

I remember many things, and read about all the events today, and I am glad I can remember world, US, state, and even local history that is much the same as 60 years ago. We forget that history repeats in more ways than just the weather.

Remember these for the next generation.

William LaPoint

Winthrop