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Snowstorm of Feb. 1912
This photograph was taken from the north end of the east side of the square on February 26, 1912. These people are shoveling the snow, described as being the biggest since 1881, that fell after midnight that day along with strong northeast winds. Notice how hazy the Karlen Block on the east end of the north side of the square is because the snow was still falling.
I recently saw a Facebook feed where the people were wondering how they cleared the snow from downtown Monroe a century ago. I’ve seen many photos of the snow piled high on the square, and just figured they shoveled it by hand. Remember that it was a much slower-paced society at that time.