O'Fallon Progress

Snow came early to O’Fallon in 1932

Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president.
Brian Keller is the O’Fallon Historical Society president. rkirsch@bnd.com

Ready for winter? Back in 1932, winter came to O’Fallon with full force on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The Progress reported that “residents awakening in early morning were greeted by bleak overhead skies which poured forth rain, later turning into sleet as the temperature started on a downward slide. Following in rapid succession came snow, the great white storm sifting over the earth until late at night. About 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon the snow storm lifted momentarily, followed by several flashes of lightning and a rolling clap of thunder. Then the snow storm came in all its glory, the blizzard reaching its height before nightfall when the ground was covered by nearly five inches of snow.” Old-timers said that it was the earliest, heavy snow that had ever fallen in O’Fallon that early in the season.

75 years ago, Nov. 20, 1941.

Company D, 4th Infantry, Illinois Reserve Militia will bring a squad of men to O’Fallon Thursday night, November 27, for the purpose of acquainting the citizens with the State Military Force. This company is stationed at Belleville and is available on call of the governor for emergency duty in case of disasters or disorders. A recruiting campaign has been started by the organization to replace losses caused by the draft and by men moving to other communities. The company will give an exhibition drill in the B. & O. Park (along West First St.) at 7 o’clock.

50 years ago, Nov. 17, 1966.

O’Fallon Postmaster John C. Goodman reminded mailers that Christmas parcels for servicemen weighing five pounds and under, though they are given airlift priority from San Francisco to Viet Nam on a space available basis, should be mailed no later than Dec. 1. Airmail should be sent no later than December 10. The deadline for packages weighing over five pounds going to Viet Nam by surface means is November 10.