We asked readers on Facebook where they were when the Blizzard of 1978 rolled through the area. Join the conversation at Facebook.com/cantonrep.
We asked readers on Facebook where they were when the Blizzard of 1978 rolled through the area. Join the conversation at Facebook.com/cantonrep. Here are some of their stories:
Julie Sparks: I remember being in a car full of teenagers (myself included) and trying to drive up 25th Street from Fulton. The whole hill was covered with vehicles stuck in snow. It took a whole lot of time, but everyone got out of their cars and worked to free each car starting from the top. One by one cars made it to the top of the hill, clearing the way for the next and the next. There were few choices. Either we solved it together, or we sat together. I've never forgotten this spontaneous coming together.
J.P. Noling: The National Guard evacuated our whole neighborhood but us because my dad was prepared. We had a fireplace, a generator, tons of food and we blocked off all the rooms in the house except the living room. We put our mattresses on the floor to sleep and my mom, dad, sister, brother and me all stayed warm and full. Mom made sure we ate good! It was a very memorable time!
Roslyn Willaman: My mom was 9 months pregnant with my brother... and we had a sunken driveway that had to be dug out with a bulldozer.
Rhonda Teeple: I'm Rosyln’s Mom (see above) and I will NEVER forget that Blizzard! We were living in Wadsworth, which had it worse than Canton. Got our driveway dug out on Saturday afternoon, the 28th, and I went to the hospital that night to give birth! I was lucky that the car made it, my other option was a snowmobile. Many people were rescued from the freeway and were given shelter in the local school gyms.
Kimberly Sue Grove: It was my 10th birthday. My dad walked to Hummel’s IGA in N. Canton to get me a cake and then walked to downtown Canton to get to work. He was a Canton city fireman and had to be there regardless of the weather. That was the day he taught me what a work ethic is!
James Gardner: I was living in New Philadelphia when the winds hit and my outside door started slamming. The winds moved my car about four feet on the ice ... while it was parked!
We also asked Repository readers to weigh in. Here are some of their emailed responses:
Darla Engel, Massillon: I took 4 teenagers to Richfield Coliseum for a Kiss concert. After concert, had trouble finding our car .. license plates and cars completely covered. The drive home was HORRENDOUS! Made it to Canton Local area with no problems. But the father of one of the girls wanted her home instead of sleeping over night with us .. so had to go out AGAIN and got stuck on a hill big time!
Page 2 of 2 - John H. Barnett, Carrollton: I remember the storm very well because I worked for Conrail, and railroads never stop except on this occasion. I was called out to work at Stoneboro, Pa., and had to drive from Mechanicstown (Carroll County) up Route 11 and then Interstate 80. My 1973 Chevy Nova was the only car on the road and I followed National Guard trucks almost all the way. I later found out the roads were closed to traffic because of the drifts, some were sixteen feet high and over 100 feet long in places. I still have photos of my neighbors digging out in Mechanicstown! It was tough to say the least.
Sandy St. Clair, Louisville: I left California for Canton to join husband and 4 kids. I remained behind because I was expecting our daughter. When she was 2 weeks old, left for Ohio in old pickup camper, horse trailer, 2 horses, 2 little boys, mother, baby and dog. We arrived in Canton day after Christmas, barely settled in when “the blizzard” hit…lovely welcome!
Dave Waikem, Perry Township: I was going to college in a small town in Northern Michigan and was home for a quick visit. When the blizzard hit I was supposed to head back to school. However, after the blizzard hit, they closed the State of Michigan due to hazardous travel. How do you close a State? First time I have ever heard of a State being closed!