School was ending and summer was beginning in the last week of May, 1947 around the Midwest, when an extremely late-season snowstorm developed in the Rockies and made its way as far east as Michigan. Some of the heaviest snow fell on May 29th in western Wisconsin. Only about 3 inches in La Crosse, but 9 to 10 inches at Viroqua and Gays Mills. There was plenty of concern about blooming fruit trees in Iowa losing their crop because of the cold and snow.
Traditional Memorial Day ceremonies were planned for Friday, May 30th in La Crosse. Organizers said the Memorial Day parade had not been rained out in 20 years. The Central High School program for the holiday was being observed for the 25th time. And the La Crosse Tribune speculated that most of the dwindling number of Civil War veterans would not survive until the 1948 holiday. Memorial Day was started in 1868, just after the Civil War.
“Nobody Lives Forever” was one of the movies showing on area screens, along with “To Each His Own,” “The Yearling,” with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman, and a new Abbott and Costello comedy called “Little Giant.” In 1947, yesterday in La Crosse.