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Miss Alma Carlson Heroine In Great 1888 Blizzard
February 10, 1888
Miss Alma Carlson, the teacher near Colon, who
was out in the blizzard for nine hours, is now recovering from
the partial freezing of her feet and hands. She will
lose the nails of her right hand and perhaps the ends of
some of her fingers. her fright foot is still very sore,
swollen and painful. After all, who has been braver than
She kept her little flock together in the school house
until dark, and then started to her boarding place near by for
supper and a light. When she found herself nearly lost -
that a haystack was her only refuge.
She realized that to keep still was to freeze to death.
So she commenced to pull down the hay and stamp it, and
during those nearly nine hours she kept it up until those who
passed afterwards said she pulled down nearly two thirds of
At one o'clock the gentleman at whose house she boards,
started out with a light to see if he could learn something
about her and the children. For an hour he wandered
about unable to find the school house. When he arrived
there he found the children alright, but their teacher was
This friendly light had, however, come to her rescue, for
she saw it and stumbled along as best she could with her stiff
feet, and as she fell into the door, said, "my hands and
feet are frozen," and then fainted.
In spite of all this, Miss Carlson has continued her school
With a bandaged right arm and both feet in large "artics"
she has gone on with her work to the present time. At 17
years of age, who can give a better record? When you
count heroines, count Alma Carlson one.