Record cold temperature caused frostbite in 1951 -- Nancy (Schumann) Vogt

January 31, 2019

I was in West High School in 1951 when the temperature hit -37 degrees in Madison.

Back then the girls wore skirts, and we didn’t have school buses to take us. But a small bus took me to Regent Street, if I remember correctly. I had boots, a long coat and a hat, but no covering of my face, ears or the several inches below my skirt. When I arrived, I had frostbite on my ears and nose and the few inches of bare leg. Several others suffered as well.

I would like to hear from anyone else who remembers this.

Nancy (Schumann) Vogt, Sun Prairie

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