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Title Sleet Storm of 1922
Catalog Number p2003.20.841
Accession number 6659
Object Name Postcard, Photographic
Description A photographic postcard of the Sleet Storm of 2,22, 1922, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Date 1922/02/22-1922/02/22
Event Oshkosh Sleet Storm of February 22, 1922
Subjects Sleet Storms
Weather
Storms
Telephone lines
Ice
Menominee Park
North Park
Statues
Memorial works
Tree limbs
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Postcard Collection
Catalog date 2006-03-15
Cataloged by Radig, Dan
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Emulsion/Photographic Paper
Notes A photographic postcard of the Sleet Storm of 2,22, 1922, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

A image looking at the damage from the sleet storm of 1922, at Menomonie Park. The statue is the memorial to Chief Oshkosh.

The monument was presented to the city by Col. John Hicks, and the bronze figure was designed by Chevalier Gaetano Trentanove. The unveiling took place Wednesday, June 21, 1911. The statue is ten feet tall and sits on a pedestal of rose granite nine and a half feet high, the stone coming from th Baveno quarries of Italy.

On February 22, 1922, a freak winter thunderstorm turned into a devastating sleet storm that paralyzed the city and surrounding communities for several days. In Oshkosh the damage started early in the morning when the weight of the ice started bringing down trees by the hundreds, breaking electrical, telephone and telegraph lines as well as the electric streetcars that left passengers stranded to walk their way home over ice covered walks and streets. Later in the evening the wind and snow started and the trees and power poles took a second beating. It took several days to restore any kind of normal convenience to the city. One lucky man driving a delivery truck for the Davis Bread Company, had a tree fall onto the hood of his truck while driving down Irving St., he was not hurt, but the truck was destroyed. Many homes were damaged from falling branches. According to the Oshkosh Northwestern, every large tree in the city received some kind of damage.
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