Winter of ’52 memories shared |

Winter of ’52 memories shared

Jerry Johnson
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Sharing memories at the Winter of 1951-52 reunion party are, from left, Marty De-Tarr, Don Hall Jr., Don Hall Sr. and Tom Hall.

The winter of 1951-52 took place only 54 years ago, so we cannot refer to this annual event as a meeting of old-timers. Leslie and Marty De-Tarr hosted a group of 54 unique survivors of that great winter on Aug. 19.

Not a single lie was told because everyone there knew exactly what really happened.

Some new information emerged about one of the members concerning his activities prior to the onslaught of crushing snow in 1952.

He is well-known in the community so his actions will be made public, but not the name of the perpetrator. This man raced for his junior college ski team for four years.

There is no record of anyone else who participated in community college interscholastic sports for more than two years in California. There are several conclusions that can be drawn from this major accomplishment.

Bread was virtually nonexistent in January and February 1952 due to road closures on both Echo and Spooner summits. A few residents were blessed with assorted loaves of very stale bread stored in a warehouse to feed a scraggly bear.

The bear did not eat the bread, but used it as a nest for the bottom of his cage. His amusement park owner was unable to haul him out of Tahoe before the big snows arrived. The bear slept through the winter and some residents heated the frozen-stale-tasteless-white flour until it was edible.

The winter of ’52 was a major challenge. All who lived at Tahoe that year have a universal bond.

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