Baccalaureate Service

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Sunday, April 2, 1911: I went to Sunday school this morning. It was kind of lonesome this afternoon. Ruth and I went up to church this evening to hear the baccalaureate sermon.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

The school year is winding down—and the baccalaureate service for the senior class (of which Grandma’s sister Ruth was a member) at McEwensville High School occurred on this Sunday before graduation.

Since there were three churches (Baptist, Lutheran, Reformed) in McEwensville in 1911, I’m not sure where the baccalaureate service was held. The Baptist church building is long gone, but the buildings that housed Messiah Lutheran and St. John’s Reformed still exist.

2010 photo of St. John's United Church of Christ Church (In Grandma's day it was St. John's Reformed Church.)

2010 photo of the building that once housed Messiah Lutheran Church. It is now an antique shop.

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