Century-old Ti — ‘Almost a real blizzard’

Maury Thompson
2 min readFeb 25, 2021

This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

A century ago residents welcomed a heavy snowstorm over night Feb. 11 and into Feb. 12 that brought long-awaited opportunities for winter work and recreation.

“At last we had almost a real blizzard. … Everyone is rushing their work now,” the Street Road correspondent rejoiced in the Ticonderoga Sentinel on Feb. 17, 1921.

“In the interior towns of (Essex) County a fall of fifteen inches is reported while in the lake shore towns from eight to twelve inches fell. Log and pulpwood drawing are now at their height, to the great delight of workers, who had begun to fear that there would not be enough snow to enable them to get their wood to market or a shipping point.”

The Crown Point correspondent reported 12 inches.

“The town has taken on a business look good to see. Logs, pulp wood and wood, and, in fact, teaming is the order of the day.”

The White Church correspondent reported almost 10 inches.

“This is the first sleighing since the first of December.”

Jennie Jackson, a school teacher at North Ticonderoga, took advantage of the ground cover to treat her students to a sleigh ride to Ticonderoga on Feb. 13 to see a movie.

The start of the snowstorm on the evening of Feb. 11 did not stop the South Ti Social Club from holding a gathering at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Moses.

“There were six tables of players beside those who preferred visiting to playing.”

Herbert Catlin won first prize. Edmund Mingo won second.

The snow did not prevent the Troy Academy basketball team from making the trek from Poultney, Vt. to Ticonderoga on Feb. 12, losing 31–11 to Ticonderoga High School.

“The Vermonters never had a look-in for victory.”

In other Feb.17, 1921 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

Labor unions at the Ticonderoga International Paper Co. mill took up a collection for striking trolley workers at Albany, Troy and Rensselaer.

“It is said the name of every union man in the local mill is to be found on the subscription list. The amount raised has not been given out, but it will run into three figures, a gift that doubtless will be most agreeable to the striking men.”

Gordon Burleigh, a student at Albany Business College, was home for a week’s visit.

Thomas Lonergan moved from his “home place” to his farm on Mount Hope.

The Empire Variety Bazaar store at Crown Point announced it was now an agency for “famous” Sunshine Biscuits products.

Click here to read the most recent previous post in the series.



Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY