A View of the Past

W State St ice storm Jan 1913

This week’s view is of the south side of West State Street, looking toward Cherry, after an ice storm which struck O’Fallon in 1913 from Sunday Jan. 5 through Tuesday Jan. 7.  By Tuesday tree limbs were breaking and electric and phone lines snapping.  That night, the municipal power plant (O’Fallon still generated its electricty locally back then) shut down over safety concerns and it was reported that half the phones were out.  Streetcar service was way behind, coal miners couldn’t get to work and business in general ground to a halt.  By Wednesday, though, the rain moved out and O’Fallon slowly began to light up and come back to life.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society.)