due to icing from the 1.73 in. of rain that fell. Hardest hit were coastal areas between Yarmouth
and Castine. Brunswick sustained greater damage to its wire services than any other place.
Northern Aroostook County had only a 10-in. snowfall without experiencing much disruption.
Concord Daily Monitor:
"One of the most severe storms to hit New England for several years...did untold damage for
several days." Rain turning to ice as it fell caused "unprecedented disruption and damage" to
telephone, telegraph, and power systems for most of central and northern New Hampshire and
seriously hampered transportation and highway traffic. Tree damage in Concord, especially to
the evergreens, was severe. The Concord Electric Co. sent crews out to remove fallen limbs from
its wires, although wire damage in the city was slight and service was uninterrupted. The damage
was worse starting just north of the city. Officials felt that it would take the smaller utility com-
panies up north weeks and possibly months to fully recover. The power was completely cut off in
the towns of Ashland, Plymouth, Bristol, and Hill, and partially in Laconia and Franklin. Tele-
phone and telegraph lines and poles were down for "hundreds of yards" in places. In Canaan,
power was out for two days and the roads were impassable due to downed trees and lines. Public
Service of New Hampshire sent line crews to the hard-hit areas of Tilton and Laconia. Five hun-
dred linemen were replacing more than 1000 poles in Maine and damage was estimated at many
hundreds of thousands of dollars. Montreal was reportedly completely cut off from the outside
world, except by radio, with damage expected in the "many thousands of dollars" range. In the
northern part of the state, railroad officials reported conditions without parallel to their knowl-
edge. Trees with branches covered by more than three tons of ice were littered across their tracks.
The Manchester Union:
Central New Hampshire struck by a rain- and ice storm called the "worst storm in years."
The area affected extended from Franklin to Franconia Notch and included Grafton, Carroll,
Belknap, Strafford, and Rockingham counties. It was centered in central and eastern New Hamp-
shire but whole state south of the White Mountains was affected, while Cheshire county and the
western side of the state as far north as Claremont was spared. The three-day storm caused sever-
al hundred thousand dollars in damage from the White Mountains to the Massachusetts border.
Forty-five poles were down near Sunapee and Georges Mills, 100 poles down between Laconia
and Meredith, trees were bent "almost to the ground" from the weight of ice, power outages
caused mainly by trees on the lines. Veteran residents had never witnessed a storm like the dura-
tion of this one, saying that these storms are usually over in 24 hrs. Untold damage to the forests
everywhere, millions of pine trees ruined, great danger to people from the crashing trees and limbs.
The Landmark (Lebanon, NH):
No storm-related articles found.
Burlington Free Press:
Snow, sleet, and rain froze on contact forming a 1-in.-thick casing around electric wires in
Rochester, New Hampshire. Heavy limb damage sustained by orchards. Freezing rain followed a
4-in. snowstorm there. Streets were glazed in Montpelier causing "many minor motor accidents."
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