Books [Mrs. John Grosvenor]
It snowed for 3 days and 3 nights and dark nearly all time as snow was so thick. After the first day, if anyone left the house, they tied a rop around them. It wasn't so cold but the wind and such thick wet and heavy snow that stuck to everything and chilled right thru in a hurry.
The great deep draws were just level. The wind and noise was terrific all the time. Made one's ears hum and buzz all the time.
We had a pulley well. Paw on the 2nd afternoon wanted a real drink of water. We all did. Were so sick of snow water. The well was right close to the house.
Paw took the wooden bucket with him. Got to the well and was holding the bucket between his legs while he started to draw the water. The wind got the bucket.
He came in the house, his long flowing beard and clothes covered with snow.
Maw said, “Where's the bucket of water?”
Paw said, “God only knows, between heaven and earth somewhere.”
Since those many years ago, I've thought and laughed many times over this. Paw mad and disgusted and plenty sick of snow water. We kids too standing around thinking of that good well water only a few feet away.
When the snow went off we found the bucket a half mile from home.
We had only snow water, buffalo meat, bread and gravy. Buffalo gravy, I think and so many others too, have said so, is the most delicious of all, but of meat I'll take beef or pork.”