This Week In History: The Storm of 1886

This segment features a news item from Fayette County’s past. This week we examine a story from the January 14, 1886 edition of the Republican Standard called “Snow Bound.”

With this January’s subzero temperatures still fresh in our minds, it seemed fitting to bring up another wretched moment in Fayette County’s weather history: The Storm of 1886, which the Republican Standard deemed “a landmark in the conquests of King Blizzard.”

After a mild holiday, the first sign of bad weather came on Friday, January 8, 1886:

“The old mountain began to roar and rumble, ominous of a pending storm. About dark it began to snow . . . The storm raged without cessation through Saturday and Saturday night, blowing, snowing, drifting and freezing. Before Sunday morning it had become too cold to snow, but the windstorm prevailed more or less until Sunday night. The snow was nearly a foot and a half deep and the mercury had dropped to below zero.”

This Week in History: The Braznell Mine Disaster of 1899

This segment features a news item from Fayette County’s past. This week we examine a story from the January 6, 1900 edition of the Daily News Standard called “Coroner’s Jury Verdict.” 

An hour before sunrise on December 23, 1899, engineer Solomon Meese stood near the mouth of the Braznell Mine. As the operator of the cage that transported workers up and down the mine shaft, he’d already sent a few groups down that morning. Others had gone in before he’d arrived and were busy preparing for their shift more than a hundred feet below the surface.