As we start the new year, I want to thank all the readers who have sent letters, e-mails and told me in person that they have enjoyed The Archivist.
We hope to continue to entertain and inform, as we find items that are odd, interesting, amusing and/or serious, as we revisit the history in the pages of The Oklahoman.
Now that we are recovering from the Blizzard of ’09, let me take you back 100 hundred years to New Year’s Day, 1910.
While the story was regulated to page 6 on Sunday, January 2, 1910, The Oklahoman reported that spring weather had welcomed in the new year on Saturday, with a temperature that reached the high of 74 degrees and was described as “one of those warm, balmy kind that bring people out of their homes and into the streets.” The streets were described as packed with crowds walking, driving automobiles and carriages and horseback riding as they enjoyed the unseasonable weather.
But we live in Oklahoma, where the weather is as changeable as a politician’s mind.
On Sunday, the temperature never made it out of the 20′s and on Monday, January 3, a “fine drizzling sleet” fell to make the sidewalks and streets as treacherous then as those of Christmas Eve 2009.
I wish a happy, safe and healthy New Year to all.