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Mark Simonson

January 11, 2014

Winters spent differently by Worcester residents in 1914


If snow wasn’t enough to keep you indoors, cold was another incentive to keep the fires well stoked. The Times of March 4 told of weather records kept by W.R. Preston, and there were nine days in the month of February when temps went below zero, with the worst at 30 below zero on Feb. 24.

Some Worcester residents were fortunate enough to not have to deal with the harshness of winter.

“A letter from Irving Hayner, who is wintering at St. Petersburg, Florida, reports nice weather and the Worcester colony all in good health,” it was reported in the Times of Jan. 21. “A flying boat is now making trips to Tampa, and Harry Wright of Worcester has arranged to go on the air voyage. The distance to Tampa is twenty miles and the fare five dollars one way. Irving writes that sportsmen are using the machine to chase wild ducks and have no trouble in passing them.” This was long before the connecting bridges had been constructed between the cities, such as the Howard Frankland and Sunshine Skyway.

Civil War veteran Seth Flint wrote a detailed letter of a train trip to Lynn Haven, Fla., making the front page of the Times on Feb. 11. It was apparently a cold journey, as he and his wife got out of Worcester in a blizzard, making way to Albany and New York. As they passed through Alabama, conditions improved as, “Before reaching Dothan we had passed the frost line and the car doors and windows were kept wide open.”

Flint missed home in a way, as the Times reported on Feb. 18, “Comrade S.M. Flint of this village … evidently doesn’t like the razor-back brand of bacon on tap down there, for he has sent to Worcester after two slabs of the bacon sold here. It was forwarded to him by parcel post.”

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