On January 29, 1886, a bank of headlines on the front page of the Portland Daily Press noted:
RAIN AND ICE.
Terrible Condition of Affairs Throughout the Country.
Boston's Street Crossings Covered with Six Inches of Water.
Great Damage Caused to Timber and Orchards in York County.
The story, with a Saco dateline, began:
"A cold rain storm has been in progress here the past thirty hours. Tonight trees and boughs are falling all over the city. The damage to timber and orchards throughout York county is estimated at thousands of dollars. The telegraph and telephone wires are prostrated."
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