Remembering the blizzard of 1958

Remembering the blizzard of 1958

There are 14 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Feb 2, 2008, titled Remembering the blizzard of 1958. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

If you've been wishing for snow this winter, be careful what you wish for. Lebanon County has had its share of big snowstorms over the years, some in recent memory.

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#1 Feb 2, 2008
Remeber storm very well, broke leg on Friday (passed drivers test that day), spent Saturday in hospital, snow actually started late Saturday evening, and it seemed to snow forever. Never was allowed out of house for two weeks.
Jack from Gettysburg

Lancaster, PA

#2 Mar 21, 2008
I was stuck on a Greyhound bus on the PA turnpike for three days. The plows dug us out on March 21. We were traveling from Philly to the Harrisburg terminal.

Herb From Parkesburg

Greenwich, NJ

#3 Mar 23, 2008
My folks and I were traveling East on US 30, returning from visiting my grandfather at the Gettysburg Hospital on March 19th, and got stuck in Gap, 6 miles from home, until March 22nd. Thankfully, we had friends in Gap who invited us to stay with them. It was quite a ride home. We returned to see the roof of the Parkesburg Opera House caved in, and snow piled up over head-high. It was something I will never forget.
Tyson Hubbard USN

Little River, SC

#4 Feb 6, 2010
I left Great Lakes Hospital Corps school in ILL> the weather was snowing and -3 degrees.. Took a Greyhound bus from Richmond to Philadelphia Naval Hospital for duty...Snow drifts of 20-30 feet. My first week in the Philly Naval Hospital, we were snowed in. I thought Great Lakes was bad but this southern boy from South Carolina had a rude awaken.
George 1


#5 Dec 4, 2010
I was stationed at Johnsville N.A.S. Got stuck in Scranton, my home town for three days. Went back to base in a greyhound bus.N.E. Pa. turnpike was shut down, had to go through Bath Pa. The drifts were higher than the scenic cruise bus I was on. All you could see of my 55 chevy in Scranton was the top of my roof.
Barbara Sensenig Bennett

Douglas, GA

#6 Feb 1, 2011
The 2 blizzards of 1958 left a very clear picture in my memory....the 1st one started on a Wednesday night during "Ozzie & Harriett" & didn't stop til saturday morning. My mom was due to deliver my baby brother & the road supervisor had to open one lane of traffic on Rt 222 from Adamstown to the Ephrata Community Hosp. Then one month later, the 2nd blizzard hit & closed down all roads in Berks County & Govenor mifflin schools were closed for a whole week due to power outages.We barely kept warm in a house with no heat & huddled together in a small room while my mom took care of our new baby.
Kim Harloff

Endicott, NY

#7 Mar 6, 2011
I was 5 at the time and my parents and us lived on Manor Drive in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The blizzard came;burying us in about 2 feet of snow and with no electrical power or much food.
My father's friend from work, Mr. Hastings and his wife and kids, invited us, if mom could drive the sedan, to stay at his home for three days.
Mom did all the driving because my dad, Mike Harloff, was blinded during WWII.
Navy Doc

Goose Creek, SC

#8 Oct 29, 2011
Was working on Ward 4-D at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda. Skated down Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda as there weren't any cars on the streets.

Reading, PA

#9 Jan 18, 2012
Had an attack of appendicitis, state had to open the farm road to get me to hospital (6 years old, first grade)

What a storm!!!!!!!!!!
Voice of Reality


#10 Apr 14, 2012
Thank you all for your storys . I was only born in 1956.

Mildred, PA

#12 Mar 1, 2013
I was a senior in high school, we were snowed in for a week [Wyoming county] local farmers had to dump their milk, huge drift's everywhere due to 28 in. of snow and then temp dropped to single digits. It took a cat D8 bulldozer to open our road, will never forget it.
lois sholly

Summerville, SC

#13 Mar 1, 2013
we lived at Greenpoint,Pa., just ouside f Indiantown Gap. Had no electric for a week, the national gaurd delivered milk and other supples to people who couldn't get out.
Snow baby

Hellertown, PA

#14 Feb 13, 2014
I was born in the middle of that blizzard...the February version of it (I understand there was a blizzard in each of the first 3 months that year.) At 6 a.m. on Sunday 2/16/58, my parents set out for Easton Hospital because It was time for me to come into the world. They travelled Tatamy Road,10 feet at a time, having to stop so my dad could unclog the front grill of our '55 Chevy station wagon. When they reached the intersection with Route 115, they met up with a snowplow which they followed the rest of the way to the hospital. My dad got my mom inside, left the car at the emergency entrance and when he emerged around 1:00 p.m.( I was born at 12:17 p.m.), the Chevy was plowed in. So he began the walk back home to Nazareth . I was told he travelled railroad tracks where he could...not sure how long it took him. But for many years, whenever I would go into Ruloff's corner store, the assistant there would say,"I remember the day you were born, because your proud and happy father came into the store, having walked home from Easton hospital , wearing your mother's gloves, to buy a pack of cigarettes!
It's a very snowy winter this year in PA...I'm watching the snow outside today and remembering this story which was told to me over and over by my parents and others...I asked my mom if she was scared, whilst on the tedious journey that day...she always said 'no', because my dad had delivered babies as a medic in WWII. She felt he would handle whatever happened...that was my dad! Fun to have a 'dramatic'story surrounding my birth...

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jan 23, 2016
Was suppose to have a date with my girlfriend who lived off hunting park ave snow was to bad so I walk down to a dance a block from my house. meet my wife to be walk her home in that blizzard been together almost 58 years married for 53

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