I often heard the adults speak of it: The Winter of the Big Snow -- as if there had been only one. It was always mentioned when anyone asked about the barn foundation at the bottom of the ski hill. The barn roof had collapsed during the Winter of the Big Snow. I think that was 1948.
Here's a undated photo that is probably from that winter of the Big Snow:
Jean and I are sitting at the top of a huge snowbank by our grandparents' house.
It looks as though we've been sliding down the face of the bank -- quite a long slide for little girls like us. Whee! The clothing we're wearing matches other photos from winter 1947/48. Our ages were then about 2 1/2 and 4 1/2.
A Google search on the phrase "winter of the big snow" brings up tales of various big snow winters:
- 1922 Wisconsin newspaper article about winter 1880-81
- Winter of 1896-97, Griggs County, New York
- April 1948 NY Times article verifies Big Snow of Dec 1947