By Patricia Perry

On March 11, 1922, a major snow storm hit Sonora.

The March 18, 1922, Union Democrat described the event. The heavy snow storm resulted in an indiscriminate pruning of many trees throughout Sonora. A little rain had preceded the snow, which turned to ice on the tree limbs. The snow then adhered to the branches, which made them exceedingly heavy. Many limbs were broken and in a number of cases whole trees fell to the ground.

Nearly every residence had its brush pile, and the branches and twigs were scattered all along Washington Street. The snow lay to a depth of nine inches.

“The downtown residents first thought that somebody had taken a night contract to remove the trees from Washington Street in order that the Trustees (City Council) would be able to pave from curb to curb, without having to listen to anymore arguments about a tree or treeless street.”

This was during the time that the city was paving Washington Street and determining whether or not to take the street trees down. The decision was ultimately made to remove the trees, a subject that still creates controversy.

Patricia Perry is the historian for the City of Sonora.