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In One Ear: The weather outside is frightful

Icy notes from 1884
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 22, 2017 12:01AM

Just in case you were thinking about whining about the weather this holiday season, please note these snippets from the Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1884 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian:

• Best sleighing ever seen in Astoria — since last time.

• Two hundred visitors in Portland are weather-bound. About two thousand residents of the city are hide-bound.

• Seldom has there been more ice seen in the bay than on yesterday morning. Large masses of mush ice and clear crystal blocks were floating past the city, and on the Washington Territory side it looked as though the ice had packed solid. A gentleman from Tongue Point said that it seemed a solid sheet from there to Pillar Rock.

The east wind blew cold all day, and everything that could go on runners was utilized. The boys especially made the most of it and coasted down Main and Benton streets plenty. The Reed came down at 3:30 and reported tough work getting through. There was a steady freeze all day, and it may be that a Christmas blockade is in store for us yet. But after last week, we can stand anything.


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