From Back Cover:
The morning of January 12, 1888, was calm and warm. School children played outdoors in shirt sleeves. Then literally without warning, the storm roared down from Canada at 50 miles per hour. Temperatures dropped 36 degrees. Snow up to 8 inches covered the Great Plains. Furious winds swirled the snow into a blinding, life-threatening blizzard.
More than 1000 people died.
This was the blizzard of '88, the storm that covered nearly one-third of the nation. The subject had fascinated storytellers, historians and songwriters for a century.
Some years after the storm, W.H. O'Gara of Laurel, Nebraska, formed with others the January 12, 1888 Blizzard Club. In 1945 members of the club began collecting stories of the blizzard from all over the Midwest. These accounts of heroism and courage on the Great Plains were first published in 1947. They are reprinted here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great storm and the final meeting of the Blizzard Club.