For those who think that the recent four-inch snowstorm was an unusual event in this area in early November, those of us who have crossed the 70-year-mark have some other memories in our minds. One of the most vivid fall snowstorms I recall occurred on Nov. 2 and 3, 1966, the year I began attending Fort Wayne Bible College.

I can still recall the early words of my roommate on Nov 3 when he said, “roommate, they’ve canceled college for the day.”

When I asked, “why,” he told me to look outside. It was unbelievable; a veritable blizzard was raging over the city of Fort Wayne with drifts blocking South Wayne Street and most of the areas surrounding the city. By noon, six inches of snow had fallen on Fort Wayne, Toledo had accumulated 10 inches, seven inches fell in Indianapolis, 14 inches in Detroit and similar amounts in most surrounding areas.

Being a part of one of the few days that the college shut down had its advantages. Many of us freshmen went up and down Rudisill Boulevard, shoveled walks and made a little spending money for the day.

A second rather phenomenal early snow storm occurred over the period of Oct. 19-21, 1989, near the end of the high school football season. In fact, nearly all of Michigan, Indiana and western Ohio received six to eight inches of surprise snow, due to a strange switch in a low pressure as it moved across the area. The highest totals were from South Bend to Indianapolis where 10 or more inches fell. Snowfall amounts in Adams County, Indiana and Van Wert County were in the four to six inch range.

For football fans, one of the most vivid memories of the times were the mounds of snow surrounding football fields which had been plowed off so that games could still be played.

A few of the elderly still remember the “Snow Bowl” game of 1950, when Michigan played at Ohio State in the midst of a full blizzard, complete with 30 miles per hour wind, 10 degree temperatures and snow falling at a rate at two inches per hour.

Descriptions note that fans actually lit campfires in the stands and watched the game through holes poked in shoe boxes covering their heads. In the end, Michigan won 9-3. There were over 1,400 yards in punts from teams simply getting rid of the ball during certain bursts in the storm. Often, the ball was lost in the snow and goal posts were obliterated from the weather.

As for yours truly, age two at the time, we were driving from my grandma’s in Woodburn, Indiana, back to Berne when the storm hit. It took hours to make the journey that was normally 45 minutes. As for the conduct of yours truly, that’s another story but let’s just say that the snow completely obliterated any restrooms along the way.