A Century Ago Today: A Deadly Easter

What news did readers find in the Star-Telegram one hundred years ago today?

First readers found that Mother Nature had been in a pure-dee snit over much of the nation. In Dayton, Ohio, 360 died when the Great Miami River watershed received eleven inches of rain between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Levees failed. Gas explosions caused fires. To add to the misery, there was a blizzard. And tornadoes: In Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, and Indiana 241 people were killed.

Even locally the weather turned mean. A late freeze (sound familiar?) had damaged fruit and vegetable crops. The March 27 freeze was the worst, the newspaper reported, since the freeze of May 1, 1903. May 1! My tomato plants wept when I read that to them.

Elsewhere in the March 27 edition, Miss Beatrice Fairfax, a syndicated advice columnist, answered a young woman reader who asked about the advisability of (1) getting engaged and (2) spooning with a young man of a passionate disposition.

The Rock Island and Texas & Pacific railroads matched fares to California.

Paul Cobb, younger brother of Ty Cobb, was in town with the Lincoln (Nebraska) Railsplitters of the Western League.

Members of the Oakwood Cemetery Association held a fundraiser to buy pews for the cemetery’s new chapel.

Customers of Fort Worth Power & Light could buy a newfangled electric iron on the installment plan.

A veteran of the Mexican War of 1846 endorsed Duffy’s Pure Malt Whiskey, testifying that just six bottles cured him of the grippe.

Oh, and the Forest Park Zoo was given a six-banded armadillo.

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