(11/29/2018)
HOW COLD WAS IT AT FROZEN, WEST VIRGINIA? IS WINTER HERE?

Calhoun County has a great place-name for frigid weather - Frozen.

Was it cold enough to freeze a well-digger's arse? Or to freeze the anatomy off a witches chest? Or something about a brass monkey?

Brian and Jan Hastewell have dutifully reported really cold temperatures from their narrow Frozen hollow.

Hastewell gave the official winter temperature on Nov. 28, 2018 at 22 degrees.

It warmed up to 25 degrees.

Hastewell, an Australian native married Frozen resident Jan Schartiger, have lived in the remote hollow for a number of years.

Frozen once had a post office and stores and was traversed by the early 1900s Bear Fork Railroad that hauled barrel staves to the Elk River.

Frozen postmaster William H. Hunt said in the 1930s, "Some very early pioneers came here on this creek and killed and skinned a buffalo and had to wrap up in the green skin to keep warm (from freezing to death). When the fire burned down the man had to be pulled out of the skin, nearly frozen and had to be thawed out."

There are numerous photos and stories about the Frozen community on the Hur Herald.


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