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Pinochle and possum - A tale from the blizzard of 1949


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Buildings in Kimball were decorated with snow, plastered to the masonry by the terrific winds, and streets were piled high with snow last week when the sun broke through Wednesday morning for the first itme since Sunday. The drift on Chestnut street nearly ten feet hgih practically covered the front of the Kimball Clothing Store, Harold's Cafe and other buildings. In other spots the wind had swept the streets completely clear of snow.

By all accounts the blizzard of 1949 was a history maker and a monster. For a young teacher in her first year in Kimball, January 1949 offered the opportunity to learn.

That young teacher, Dorothy Christiansen, lived with the Lewellen family while in Kimball, though her home was in Wheatland, Wyo. at the time.

She recalled going home for a visit and was returning to Kimball for the start of classes in the new year.

"I went to Cheyenne early and had stayed on with some friends," Christiansen recalled. "They took me down to the bus at 2 p.m., when it left from Cheyenne to Kimball."

She left C...

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