A local advertising supplement called The MidWeek includes excerpts from newspapers of 125, 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago.  Here's one from December 11, 1889.
Such summer-like December weather astonishes the old settlers. Monday the thermometer in the sun registered 104 degrees above zero, and the farmers were at work finishing their plowing. The editor has picked from his garden a bunch of pansies every few days for two or three weeks, and the grass is springing up as green as in May.
Thermometers in those days might not have been as accurate, and leaving one in the sun produces misleading readings. The flowers (if dandelions sprout in the next couple of days, I won't be surprised) are there for real. The archives for December 25 also remarked on the warmth. "The thermometer indicated 60 degrees above zero in the shade yesterday."

Another item from the same archive echoes. "There is such a western demand for freight cars that the railroad companies are unable to either buy or borrow enough for their needs." Yup, and that's just after the passage of the Act to Regulate Commerce creating the Interstate Commerce Commission.  The railroads may have gone from participating in pools to a cartel to consolidation into six major systems, and yet car shortages persist.

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