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Weather and your Family

Published on 2/26/2016
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With all the weather news here in the States it got me thinking about the effects weather has had on my families lives down through the generations.  Can you imagine all the challenges our families had before us?

A big one for me is living out in the middle of know where with out Central Heat, Air Conditioning, Plumbing and running water.  I am not actually what you would call a roughing it type of guy.  Many friends have tried over the years to get me to go camping.  I explain to them that my idea of roughing it is staying in a 30 ft Travel trailer.  They get the point.

My own family in the 1800's were primarily farmers and lived out in the country.  Normally they would locate their house along a river to supply they with a easy source of water.  The area that my family lived in Ohio was primarily swamp.  The diseases and mosquitos prevelant in this area were terrible.  It would take many years for them to drain the land of the water.  I was told that depending on the time of year the water could vary from completely dry to a foot deep.  The swamp covered most of the Northwest portion of Ohio.  A very intimidating obstacle for its time.

Probably the largest event in my families weather history was the 1913 flood.  A story was handed down about my 3 G grandfather that he was effected by this flood.  His home was located very close to the river and it had begun to rise.  It would eventually reach the roof line.  His family feared that he was dead.  As the water started to go down they were able to get into the house, but the water was still high.  This took several days.  When they finally got in the house he was lying accross the rafters in the home.  The amazing part to me was one that he was still alive and second he was in his 80's.

Our families all have stories like this to unlock.  I can help you uncover yours.  Look forward to hearing from you.

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