"Milk famine" followed 1899 Valentines Day snow


Baltimore’s great Valentine’s Day Storm began on this date in 1899. Three days of snow piled up more than 21 inches downtown, and up to three feet in to the north and west. Armies of men with shovels took to the streets once the flakes stopped falling, charging homeowners between 15 cents and $2 to dig them out. The snow brought a “milk famine” to the city as snow-clogged roads prevented dairy wagons from making their rounds. Homeowners hung plaintive “milk wanted” signs from their second-floor windows.

(SUN PHOTO: Thanks to Sun Librarian Paul McCardell)

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