Snow on Peters Lake
Alice Chandler remembers the a snowfall in Southern California, winter of 1949.
Recorded at Laguna Hills Technology Branch Library, Laguna Hills, California.
I had it down as nineteen forty-eight, someone else argued with me that it was nineteen forty-nine, so I won't argue the exact date, but it was between that time. We just woke up one morning and here was this snow and I remember saying, what's this? We had no idea. We only had a radio. There was TV at that time, but we had no TV because we had no electricity. So we built the snowman. And then, as I said, I probably stayed with my sister while my mother and my other sister went and took all the pictures. We had probably, let's say six to ten years of extremely cold weather, between the late 40s and early 50s, where we had to break the ice on the horse troughs so the animals could drink, because the ice would be about an inch thick. And then the snow - and we had icicles hanging if we had any rain or anything, just little ones. The animals pretty much know what the weather is going to do - we used to watch it - if we where going to have a cold winter we knew that the horses where going to put on heavier hair. And if we were going to have a mild winter the horses were going to put on less winter hair. That year even they got fooled.
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