Snow plowing in Oneida County in the 1930s and 40s topic of talk


UTICA — A presentation on Oneida County snow plowing 1930s and 1940s will be held at the Oneida County History Center on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m.

“Modern snowstorms do not seem as severe as they used to be in the past,” History Center officials wrote. “Many years ago roads were kept clear by contractors who often struggled to keep the roads clear without the huge snow plows that we have today.”

Leigh Portner will share his father’s vintage home movies of Linn Tractors and snow plowing during the great winter storm of 1947. In accordance with local, federal, and CDC guidelines, masks are required for all in-person visitors regardless of vaccination status during public events and programs.

For years, Portner operated the Ernest Portner Sawmill in Lee. He has given talks on lumbering in the lower Adirondacks, Swancott Mills, and his working Linn tractor.

Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged.

The Oneida County History Center is a private 501c3 not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations. Contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website ( for additional information.


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