Collect Call from Jack Frost

At mid-morning on December 4, 1973, the telephone poles between Ames and Nevada began to give way to the weight of ice accumulation on the wire. In Ames, streets were littered with fallen limbs, branches and twigs, some taking electrical lines with them as they fell. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company said that about 200 rural Ames subscribers were without telephone service. Five crews came to Ames from out of town to help restore services.