People in South Bend would say the recent one day snowfall that we experienced equals the amount of snow received on this date in 1967. That, though, was from lake effect snow. The snowfall of 1967 paralyzed the entire midwest which included Starke County.
It was a Thursday and four inches of the white stuff was predicted which was no cause for alarm. But before it was over, 23 inches of snow blanketed a huge portion of northern Illinois and Indiana.
In Chicago, 50,000 cars were abandoned. Shelves at grocery stores were emptied throughout the midwest. The only people to enjoy the snowfall were children who had mountains of snow to play in, and plenty of time to play in them as schools throughout the area were closed for a couple of days.
Those old timers who say, “We don’t have snow like we used to,” were probably remembering January 26th, 1967.
Photo from Chicago Tribune.