Book Presentation by Carolyn Mankell Sowinski
Book Presentation & Signing by Carolyn Mankell Sowinski
on Almost Saved, But Lost: The January 1873 Blizzard in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
Thursday, March 21st at 6:30pm
in the Multipurpose Room of the Historical Society
Kandiyohi County native Carolyn Mankell Sowinski has written a new book: Almost Saved, But Lost: The January 1873 Blizzard in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. People in the Midwest awoke on Tuesday, January 7, 1873, to an unusually warm winter’s day with temperatures above freezing. Farmers and their families took advantage of the warmer temperatures, not knowing a severe storm was approaching. They brought grain to the mills, cut firewood in nearby forests, helped neighbors thresh grain, visited family or tended to other duties. They suddenly found themselves in a massive blizzard which began at 2:00pm in Kandiyohi County. Twelve people died in the county. This book takes a detailed look at the Kandiyohi County victims: who they were, where they lived, their journeys and deaths in the storm, and the families who mourned. All victims were immigrants and early pioneers to Minnesota. Some victims were residents of Kandiyohi County. Others were traveling and died in the county when overcome by the dangerous storm.
Carolyn Mankell Sowinski grew up in Lake Andrew Township in Kandiyohi County. A graduate of New London-Spicer School District, she received her BA in History from St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, an MA in American History and an MA in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She currently lives in Germantown, Maryland. Carolyn has been involved with 3 other publications: a compiler of Parish History Collection: a Directory of Works at the University of Notre Dame; the compiler of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Indiana: Reflect, Rejoice, Renew; author of Niederasphe to Norway Lake: Mankell Family, Minnesota and Immigration. She maintains a website devoted to her family genealogy: mankell.org.
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