There was no winter in the Midwest in 1878. (h/t TedL)
January/February, 1878 may have also been the hottest on record in Southeast Australia.
There was something going on in early 1878 which was making the world hot, and it wasn’t CO2. NASA used to know that it was warm in 1878, so they did what they normally do – they decided to hide the warmth prior to 1880.
Even in their 2000 version of the data, NASA showed the record warmth of 1878 about the same temperature as the ice age scare of the 1970s. But then again, climate science has nothing to do with rational thinking or science.