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spend the night with some kind neighbor, who lived near the Green. Having no telephones to ascertain their whereabouts, the parents had to hope and pray they were safe.
A combination three-car freight and passenger train started from Derby at 7 A.M. to go to New Haven, with thirteen passengers. They were stuck in the drifts when they reached the cut at Platt Valley. All that day. and throughout Monday night, they were marooned on the train. By Tuesday afternoon, the group climbed through the drifts to the nearest f arm house. Fortunately for the passengers, the freight car was carrying six hundred pies, five gallons of oysters, and three hundred pounds of pork, bacon, and sausages. Six of the group remained at the house; the others returned to the train. By Wednesday the brakeman and five other men managed to make their way to New Haven, and on Thursday a rescue party came to take away the rest of the weary travelers. One hundred men dug for four days to open a path to New Haven, so that milk could be delivered to that needy city. The opening in the drifts was made just wide enough for a sleigh or a farm-sled to get through.
Nearly a month later, on April 7, occurred the death of one of the alder residents, who lived in the Turkey Hill section. A force of men had to dig for two days in order to widen the roads to allow the passage of the hearse and the funeral carriages. Some traces of the snow were still to be found in the month of May.
In 1934, about February 22, it began to look as if history was going to repeat itself; but the snow stopped after two days, and while the drifts were high, they could not be compared with the blizzard of 1888. The present system of snow plows, constantly keeping the main roads open, helped people to get around more readily.
During the political campaign of 1884, when James G. Blaine was the Republican candidate for the Presidency, the young men of the Town formed a mounted troop to