As the radio keeps announcing windchill warnings and high temperatures remaining below zero in our area for today, I have been skimming through a publication from the 1920s that portrays winter in Morrison County as not all that cold. I don’t know about you, but the temperature of seventeen below this morning with a windchill added on top of that seemed pretty cold to me. Published by the people of Morrison County as a promotional piece to encourage prospective farmers, the booklet covers a variety of topics related the county’s suitability for agriculture. Below are a few excerpts related to weather from the section titled, “Climate and Health”.
No state in the Union possesses a more healthful climate than Minnesota, and Morrison County being slightly south of the center of the state from North to South, is not subject to the rather severe cold sometimes experienced in the extreme north section of the state.
The climate is healthful, invigorating and bracing. The summers are warm but not excessively so. The temperature averages about 70 degrees in summer and the nights are invariably cool and restful.
Morrison County winters are dry and invigorating and the air is clear and is without the damp chill of states farther south.
The late falls are beautiful. Snow does not generally begin to fall until late in November or early in December. Then, gradually, winter approaches, the snow becomes general and remains on the ground until the latter part of March. The winters are not severe enough to prevent stock from being out during the greater part of the cold period. There is also a noticeable absence of sleet and slush which is so disagreeable to both man and beast in somewhat warmer climates.
If you would like to read more, please feel free to come out and visit us at the museum or request photocopies. Donated by Clara L. Jenkins, the booklet is titled “Morrison County Minnesota: The Domain of Better Farms”.