Today in 1935: A wind storm moves from the Dakotas into the southern plains, lifting powdery soil into a one thousand-foot-high cloud – a blizzard of black dust and muddy rain hundreds of miles wide. With winds of sixty miles per hour, the storm moves quickly, engulfing whole towns in total darkness by early afternoon.
Farmers can’t find their way home. Families cower in houses, watching the dust pack so thickly against windows it seems they are being entombed. In 1935 alone, the winds will take an estimated eight hundred fifty million tons of topsoil. By the time the drought ends in 1940, the Dust Bowl states will lose one-third of their population.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The 2014 National High School Mock Trials Championship is coming up May 8th to May 10th. Volunteers are needed at various times and locations for the 3 days of competition. You don’t need to have prior experience with mock trial – just a willingness to help monitor events and direct people to the correct locations. If you are able to volunteer, sign up at nationalmocktrial2014.wisbar.org. For more info, call Kate at 608-250-6191.
Tomorrow, Kathleen Kline will talk on “People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish.” Kline will share the story of the “dinosaur fish” through a collection of images, stories and interviews. There is a small suggested donation. This is tomorrow from 12:15 to 1pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 North Carroll Street. More info at 608-264-6555.