PLATTSBURGH — Before arriving in Plattsburgh, the only snow Jacqueline “Jackie” Nisoff had ever seen was when a soldier got off a train in Utah and scooped some up in his hands and showed it to her.
Once the World War II bride arrived by train in Plattsburgh, the Australian native walked along Bridge Street. There was snow galore.
“I think it was the 18th of January,” Nisoff said. “It was so cold, I thought my ears were going to fall off. These are the things when you are green that you don’t know. I went back into the station. I was going to send a telegram to my in-laws, and the station master said, ‘You’re going to get there before the telegram.’ So, I said, ‘Tear it up.’ So I went on the train, and I got to Dannemora. There was no other person on the train, just me and the baby.”
The train conductor was Matt Lucey.
“He was a wonderful man. He took such good care of me. He couldn’t get over this little girl coming all that way with a baby. I always stayed friends with him. He was wonderful,” Nisoff said.
”I got into Dannemora, and I told them to call my in-laws, and they did. Dad came down with his hair up like this and pants over his pajama pants. It was 6 o’clock in the morning. They still had their Christmas tree up. They kept it up for me.”
Neighbors had made gifts for the new baby, David, including a little wagon.
“They were so nice. Of course, Dannemora at that time was a small town, and everybody knew everybody. It wasn’t very long before the whole town knew I was there. I think a lot of the kids in the high school thought I was going to arrive in a grass skirt. That’s what somebody told me,” she said.