Kerosene Fixed Frostbite

Children’s feet were frostbitten on walk to one-room schoolhouse.

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During the Armistice Day Snowstorm in 1940, my sister and I started walking to school. We had to walk into the north wind when we left our lane. The wind and snow from the blizzard was so severe I told my sister I couldn't go any further. A pheasant dropped at our feet so we turned around and went home. If we had gotten to school the teacher would not have been able to get there.

With all the clothes we wore, scarves over our faces, long underwear, and long stockings we had frostbitten feet in the winter.

Some methods we used to alleviate the pain was to sponge our feet with kerosene and going barefoot in the snow. We just got cold feet from this.

Olga (Huntemann) Feyerherm
West Point, Nebraska


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