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All Hell Broke Loose: Experiences of Young People During the Armistice Day 1940 Blizzard

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How young people coped with the storm of the century -

59 people died in Minnesota on November 11, 1940 when the worst blizzard ever hit Minnesota unexpectedly. Violet walked from Seven Corners in Minneapolis to 32nd street with snow over her knees, in subzero temperature, with only saddle oxfords and a light wrap. Farmers lost thousands of turkeys - Herb tells of rendering
Paperback, 236 pages
Published June 1st 1985 by Thunder Bay Press (MI)
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Mary Shafer
The quality of the publication is rather typical for a regional press, meaning the book would have benefited from the firm hand of a professional editor, but other than that, I really enjoyed this title. As an avid fan of stories about real-life weather disasters and extreme weather events, I began to see mentions of the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940 in other books. I was stunned that I'd never heard about it before in my extensive reading in this area. I realized that it must have been because ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Margo rated it liked it
An unusual "disaster book," in that it is a set of personal recollections by a large number of people who were "young" at the time of the Armistice Day blizzard of 1940, which affected the upper Plains states, particularly Minnesota. The swift, unheralded, and frightful change in weather conditions brought suffering and a number of deaths in the countryside and the city. I was interested because we had been given a framed print named for the blizzard. It was interesting to learn about people's ...more
Deborah Pommer
Jun 20, 2015 Deborah Pommer rated it really liked it
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Enjoyed reading the stories of how people survived during the Armistice Day Blizzard. I'm from Minnesota so the places mentioned in book are very familiar to me. I can almost hear the wind and feel the snow pellets as they hit your face.
These stories really make you appreciate our modern day weather forecasting! I thought it was funny that we still do the same thing as they did - run to the store. This book is a good collection of stories of families from all over Minnesota and how they survived (or did not survive) the storm.
Jan 25, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
This was a compilation of stories or "memories" of surviving the 1940 Armistice Day blizzard here in the midwest. Some stories were fascinating but after reading most of them the themes were snowed, it was cold, we got stuck, etc. etc. (Typical Minnesota winter - ha)
Aug 03, 2011 Laurie added it
So glad that the weather prediction we have now is so much better. It was a very interesting book. After I read it I asked my father-in-law about his experience during that time. It was a good story.
Oct 02, 2014 Larsenross rated it it was amazing
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This book contains true stories of life and death about individuals dealing with a sudden winter storm.
The book holds one's interest.
It makes one appreciate current weather forecasting.
Mary Chambers
Dec 31, 2012 Mary Chambers rated it really liked it
That was quite the storm. It was a little unnerving to read while traveling for the winter holidays. But then, I don't live in Minnesota any more.
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