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LINCOLN COUNTY SCENES


1912 SNOWSTORM
Drift on Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln had a terrific snowstorm in February 1912. This postcard photo was taken on main street by George Phegley, local photographer, and shows a path cut in a drift so people could cross from one side of the street to the other. An article from the Lincoln Republican, 21 March 1912: "At the time the snow drifts were piled so high in the streets of Lincoln, the local photographer, G.W. Phegley, got out and made a number of negatives from which he printed some very interesting views. Some of these he used in making up a lot of post cards. The one which attracted the most attention showed Lee Grubb standing in the very narrow gap which had just been shoveled out through a drift at the crossing in front of Henry Zink’s and Wicker & Mulloy’s places of business. Mr. Grubb just fills the passage through the drift and the snow drift is two and a half or three feet higher than his head on each side. Mr. Phegley sent one of these cards to a relative in Portland, Ore., and a recent copy of the Portland Telegraph contained the view with a description, telling where it came from, but saying the picture was of Mr. Phegley. Since Mr. Grubb is a very good looking man Mr. Phegley was not so very mad, but we do not known how the other fellow in the case feels about it.".

Snow on Lincoln Ave.
This postcard, also by Mr. Phegley, shows the amount of snow along main street. The old limestone buildings in these photos still stand today..

A train engine stuck in the snow
This postcard shows a train engine stuck in the snow at Lincoln. The train was probably trying to clear the tracks of the deep drifts. The photo was taken by Lincoln photographer George Phegley. The 1912 blizzard was one of the worst in the county's history..