In the 1930s, my mom grew up with no electricity, heat, or running water in their home. Instead, they boasted a snow cave to a double-seater outhouse, a pump for water, and a single wood stove to heat their entire home. But the northern New York winters were just as cold as when I grew up.
How did they do it back in the early 1900s? I can’t imagine, but folks are a hardy lot in the North Country, and somehow they not only survived but thrived.
In the early 1900s, what would it be like to experience such a storm? I can only imagine, but it happened year after year and Thousand Islanders came out stronger and better for the challenges they faced. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I love and respect the River people.
Lizzy gets caught in such a snowstorm in Christmas Charity. Have you been in a blizzard? I’d love to hear your story. Leave your answer or comments on the post below and join me on March 19th for my next post.
Susan Hawkins and Patrick O’Neill find that an arranged marriage is much harder than they think, especially when they emigrate from Wolfe Island, Canada, to Cape Vincent, New York, in 1864, just a week after they marry—with Patrick’s nine-year-old daughter, Lizzy, in tow. Can twenty-three-year-old Susan Hawkins learn to love her forty-nine-year-old husband and find charity for her angry stepdaughter?
Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has seven in her fiction line including, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, Katelyn’s Choice, Devyn’s Dilemma, Sara’s Surprise, Reagan’s Reward, and her newest, Colleen’s Confession, with Peyton’s Promise and Rachel’s Reunion coming soon. She is also a published author of two premarital books, two children's picture books, seven stories in compilation books, and hundreds of published articles. Find out more at www.SusanGMathis.com.