Blizzard which prevailed last Friday and Saturday was a storm which will be long remembered especially for the great fall of snow hereabouts. It is estimated that on Sunday morning some fifteen inches on the level lay upon the ground, and the drifts in many places ran from four to six feet in height. No mail from the mainland was received from Thursday evening until Saturday night, when Steamer Uncatena arrived at 7:15 from New Bedford with Friday’s and Saturday’s mails - four mails altogether.
Capt. Marshall and his efficient officers and crew are entitled to much praise for putting the Uncatena through Saturday afternoon in the midst of the blizzard which continued for the greater part of the trip.
Mr. Cook of the Island mail made the trip north, from Edgartown to Vineyard Haven, Friday afternoon in the early hours of the storm, but on Saturday morning in an endeavor to make the trip South, after valiant efforts, succeeded only in getting a little way out of Vineyard Haven and finally gave it up.
Dr. Worth, who made his usual daily visit to Oak Bluffs Friday noon, got snowbound at that place, and it was Sunday before he saw his native shores again.
Road Surveyor Norton got a gang at work early on the roads, but it was of little avail, the snow filling up as rapidly as it was cleared, but on Sunday and Monday he had a large force of snow-diggers on the streets and highways.
On Saturday, for the first time in many years, not a milk-man was in evidence for the entire day, and the sale of condensed milk and evaporated cream at the grocerys took on quite a boom. During Sunday afternoon, after the roads had been somewhat cleared, the situation was relieved and Edgartown rejoiced in the original lacteal fluid once more.
For a mid-winter storm of such proportions the temperature remained extremely moderate, the mercury hovering above 32 deg. most of the time. Since Sunday morning, between sunshine, a period of fog and a heavy rain Tuesday night, (aided by the Vineyard salt air tempered by the Gulf Stream), the snow-banks are rapidly disappearing, the Main street gutters running rivers of water on its way to the harbor.