Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

February 3, 2013

Readers remember ‘78 blizzard

Photos and stories shared on 35th anniversary.

On Jan. 27, we posted the following status update on our Facebook page: “The blizzard of 1978 was 35 years ago today. Who remembers that?”

Now, a week later, that one post has since received 1,140 likes, 262 comments and 52 shares. It’s clear that many of our readers did, in fact, recall the once-in-a-generation weather event quite well.

Many of you indicated you had photos to share of the 3 feet of accumulation and the accompanying 8 foot snow drifts which covered houses, cars and everything else in sight.

Along with a selection of the photos we received, here’s a few of the stories our readers shared with us on our Facebook page:

Chris Hall

“I lived in Pine Valley Apartments over behind The Cone Palace. Our front door wouldn’t open because of the 8 to 10 foot snow drift. We had to exit through back patio. We walked up to US-31 on Center Road to get food.”

Sheri Burton DeWitt

“The National Guard brought us water in barrels. We lived across street from Lincoln School then. I was 12. It was fun [the] first few days of no school, then reality sunk in that we could do nothing … so [I] was very glad to go back to school!”

Archie Hunt

“I lived in Kokomo but worked in Peru. A group of us carpooled to work. On a normal day it was a 20 to 30 minute drive. We left work early that day and it still took us two hours to get from just north of IN-24 to Kokomo. Visibility [was] close to zero, [it was] only one lane and very slow speed. We lost track of the number of cars that went off the road. Yes, I remember well.”

Tracey Rodkey

“I remember people had to dig through drifts as high as houses to get to folks front doors. Can’t remember how long we were without power. My dad walked a couple miles home from work. No way to travel except by ATV. It took him a few hours just to walk a couple miles.”

Amy Sharpe Kuehn

“The blizzard of ‘78 was fun for me since I was only 7. I grew up in Columbus. School was obviously canceled, but nearly all businesses were also closed too. My dad was a psychologist and he didn’t have to go to work, which was really odd. I remember him spending a really long time shoveling snow on the driveway which wasn’t a very big driveway. The resulting ‘mountain’ of snow next to it was much taller than my 4 year-old sister or myself. We were able to tunnel into it because it packed very well and make it like a cave. My mom made hot chocolate for us. We took our hot chocolate, a few dolls, and some books into our cave and spent a while in there each day. That was the most awesome snow experience I’ve ever had.”

Nancy Richey Bogan

“It was beyond anyone’s imagination. Thank God my mother-in-law stopped to check on my kids on her way home or they would have been home alone. We couldn’t get there. In the light of day the next day we could see our house from where we got stuck. It was hell.”

Danielle Gates Rush

“My family lived way out in the country in Boone County. We had a snow drift over our front door. When my dad started shoveling us out, he had to go out the window onto the garage roof. He shoveled a path to the door, opened the screen door, and found our cat huddled between the front door and the screen door. We had looked and looked for him before the storm started and couldn’t find him. Dad had assured us kids that kitty would find a safe place and would be OK. Anyway, Dad brought the cat inside, and Mom wrapped kitty in warm towels out of the dryer, and used a medicine dropper to dribble warm milk into his mouth. That cat survived and lived many more years. Dad said he used eight of his nine lives during that storm.”

Anna Marie Dickerson Disinger

“I remember it. I was 3 years old. We were getting in our car to leave and I found a $100 in the snow bank that had just been plowed. I gave it to my mom. Years later after I married we were all sitting around talking about this story and my mom said, ‘you have no idea how bad we needed that money at that time.’”

Rob Burgess, Tribune night editor, may be reached by calling 765-454-8577, via email at rob.burgess@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/robaburg.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • 7 charged in Howard Co. following prescription drug probe

    Two doctors and five employees of the Drug and Opiate Drug Recovery Network (DORN) on South LaFountain Street were arrested earlier today as part of a long-term prescription drug investigation.

    July 25, 2014

  • Escapee Escapee apprehended in Carroll County

    BURROWS — The inmate who escaped from the Logansport State Hospital Thursday night was apprehended in Carroll County late Friday morning. Carroll County Sheriff's Department Major Tobe Leazenby said Christopher J. Robbins, 23, Medaryville, was appreh

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Section of Market St. to close Monday Market Street will be closing between Superior and Sycamore Streets in downtown Kokomo Monday beginning at 7 a.m. for a minimum of one week. The closure will allow contractors to work on the Market Street Sewer Separation Project, which includes the

    July 25, 2014

  • Four arrested on meth-related charges Howard County sheriff deputies arrested four people on numerous charges after deputies went to a home west of Kokomo to serve a warrant late Thursday. Deputies went to the home located at 7610 W. 220 South shortly after 11 p.m. in search of a man wan

    July 25, 2014

  • Feds plan review over Medicaid backlog INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials are reviewing Indiana’s procedures for enrolling residents in Medicaid after finding the state had 80,000 low-income residents awaiting approval in May.Cindy Mann, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicai

    July 25, 2014

  • Bona Vista to build new $1.23 million housing development Bona Vista Programs has announced plans to build a new $1.23 million housing development in downtown Kokomo to accommodate people with disabilities.The new 6,500-square-foot housing unit called Elmwood Trails will be located at 1101 N. Buckeye St. an

    July 25, 2014

  • Burlington woman charged in May fatal crash Police arrested a 26-year-old Burlington woman Wednesday who is accused of causing a fatal crash while driving drunk.Howard County sheriff deputies served a warrant on Casie E. Johnson charging her with a B felony causing death while operating a vehi

    July 25, 2014

  • Airshow Practice 05 Eyes to the sky Twenty-four-year-old Kevin Coleman is one of the youngest air show stars in the world.The Louisiana man is a second generation pilot and second generation air show performer. As a kid, he watched as his dad and then his brother flew through the skies

    July 25, 2014 5 Photos

  • Former county official pleads guilty to conversion One of two former county officials charged with theft and official misconduct was sentenced last week to a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges. Darrell Reed, 52, pleaded guilty to two Class A misdemeanor conversio

    July 24, 2014

  • NWS - KT072514 Kokomo School Board - pic Blueprints found during demolition aid Central Middle School remodel

    When workers began the tear down for renovations to the Central Middle School auditorium, they stumbled upon something very important and helpful sifting through the century-old material. Tucked away inside the structure were the original blueprints,

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries