Rowlandville of Olden Days
By Michael Dixon (Special to the Whig)
What changes will the new year bring'? It's hard to say.
Here's a look at what was going on 100 years ago in Cecil County. - in 1899.
A Genuine Blizzard
One of the heaviest snow storms to ever hit Cecil, one that had the area snowbound for days, set in on Saturday, Feb 11th. This "old time Snow" continued for three days, adding to the foot already blanketing the area. By Monday a genuine blizzard had developed, it becoming "a veritable hurricane" according to the Perryville Record. By the time the last flake fell, 32 inches of snow covered the ground.
During the raging storm and for a period thereafter, northeastern Maryland was "sealed up tight." Every street and road was impassable, with 12 to 15 foot drifts blocking passage in some places. At the height of the blizzard, railroading was abandoned. The area was cut off from the outside world.
Snow,snow, everywhere.... surely that was what railroad officials were thinking. On the Baltimore Central, several early Monday morning trains plowed through Rowlandville, Liberty Grove, Colora and Rising Sun, only to become stuck at other places. Finally , the 9:54 northbound got stuck at Krauss Crossing, just below Rising Sunafter having made it through several "deep cuts" The main line between Philadelphia and Baltimore, the P. W. & B, was closed later that day, for the first time in its history." About 5:30 p.m., a Philadelphia-bound train, reached Perryville but could get no further. After struggling all day Monday with the heavy drifts, the order went out to suspend locomotion.
The oldest inhabitants of Cecil said the storm surpassed anything they had known. The big storm of 1895, the blizzard of 1988, and even the big snow of l854 had all been "fairly eclipsed by this one", they said.
This photo of a label from Rowlandville Mill is another of the contributions from Jane Wassmer.
ABOVE: Painting that was rescued from the Rowlands Methodist before it was destroyed.
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