|March 9, 1960!|
|Samuel Terry sent us these and writes:|
March 9, 1960 brought one of the biggest snows on record to Glasgow. News accounts of the event state that 23" of snow ultimately blanketed the area. J. Mitchell Ellis captured these scenes outside his drugstore, George J. Ellis Drugs on the Square. According to news accounts of March 9th, Judge James Gillenwater and Mayor W.H. "Tubby" Grissom asked residents to keep cars off the streets in an effort to make room for emergency vehicles to maneuver through town. The Daily Times commended staffers for getting to work adding "(the) greatest majority of them hoofed it to town, with Clifton Kessinger getting the laurels for 'most hearty' of the crew. He waded through the waist-deep snow the 2 3/4 miles from home to office, all on foot. Others who didn't have to walk the full distance got lifts from John Ray Elmore in his stock truck, Rollin Underwood in his Jeep and Pedigo Pontiac's Jeep."
Nearly 500 Western Kentucky State Teachers College students were stranded in the snow while enroute back to Bowling Green from Lexington where they had attended the Western basketball game. Gov. Bert Combs requested that the L&N Railroad rescue 297 of the students and a special train was sent to deliver them from their snowbound plight. The L&N also added four cars to a regular southbound train to pick up 197 of the students stranded at Bonnieville. The National Guard was activated to aid residents in distress including getting Rev. W.C. Christie to Tompkinsville by Jeep to see his severely ill father. Glasgow Fire Chief Russell Francis was commended for getting "an imminently expectant" mother to the hospital in time for the delivery of her baby.