From Windham County Transcript, January 24, 1867

Editor’s Note:  Reading about this storm and how the snow was cleared makes us thankful for the wonderful crews and their modern equipment we now have working on the Town and State Highway Departments

Snow above, snow beneath and snow everywhere…

The storm is said to have surpassed the great storm of 1857, when railroads and turnpikes were blocked up, an embargo placed on travel for several days.

Nearly every one in this village started for home before night on Thursday and some women and children were found early in the afternoon so exhausted as to require assistance to reach their dwellings. A lady going from the building in which we publish our paper into Academy Street, would have perished in front of Messrs. Waldos’ store but for timely assistance. Mr. Davis, the artist, saved a child from perishing by taking her in his arms and carrying her home. 

Most of the trains made out to go through on Thursday, but no engine passed over the road on Friday, nor until Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, when the cheerful music of the locomotive was heard, and Conductor Clapp’s countenance was welcomed with great joy. The people ran to the depot with as great astonishment as though it were the first time the iron horse had ever passed through our precincts.

In trade and business comparatively nothing was done in our village for the three last days of last week. The roads from all directions, reaching to this station, were completely blocked, and no teams could reach us from any quarter. A courageous band of sixty or seventy men with several ox teams came from Brooklyn on Saturday, but were from 9 o’clock till past 1—four hours—reaching this village, and then were obliged to flank the hill this side of Mr. Talbot’s, and leave the road by entering the pastures this side of Mr. Cundall’s.

The snow began to fall again on Sunday evening, and blocked up the railroad, so that Conductor Chaffee, in charge of a train with two engines and a snow plough was not able to get through to Worcester and return till Tuesday forenoon, at 11 o’clock. The engines on this train passed out of our depot in pompous style, but the fleecy particles were too strong for it in a large drift a mile above our village, and they were delayed some four hours, but conquered at last and went on.