Note: The following is first of a series of columns looking at places and events of interest in Bulloch County history.
In its Feb. 13, 1958 issue, the Bulloch Herald reported on a new snowfall that had turned the city of Statesboro into “a winter wonderland for kids.”
The blanket of snow fell early Feb. 11, beginning between 3 and 4 a.m., covering the city with snow at daylight, approximately 1/2-inch thick, and falling again briefly at around 7:45.
Many children saw snow for the first time in their lives, and soon had snowmen made, followed by snowball fights which broke out in all sections of the city. By midmorning only tired snow-plowers and snow-shovelers remained outside.
Snow then fell again Thursday morning, falling even heavier than it did on Tuesday; there was no official report, but in level places around Statesboro it was found to be about 1 inch deep.
W.C. Cromley, a official for the U.S. Weather Bureau, confirmed the fact that “this cold spell has been a dilly.”
Monday morning his thermometer recorded a low of 14 degrees Fahrenheit; the record for lowest temperature recorded in Bulloch County since official records were taken was on Feb. 3, 1917, when it dropped to 10 degrees.
The temperature hit another low when it dropped to 13 degrees during the “big freeze” of 1950, when it caught everyone short, breaking water pipes, busting auto engines and knocking tractors out of commission.
Old-timers remembered other snows in Bulloch, especially the “big snow” of 1914; a photo taken on Feb. 25 of that year hangs on a wall of the clerk's office in the courthouse showing courthouse officials standing in almost 4 inches of snow fallen the previous night.
The Bulloch Times describes “several inches” from the “big snow” in 1925, but no other information was available. On Dec. 15, 1943, once again snow fell “in places 3-4 inches deep,” according to the Times.
Roger Allen is a local lover of history. Allen provides a brief look each week at the area's past. E-mail Roger at email@example.com.