16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A hundred years ago today, it sounds as if Grandma’s sister Ruth had all the fun—and Grandma had all of the work. I wonder if Ruth got home in time to help milk the cows—or if Grandma had to do it by herself.
When Grandma was young, Riverside Park was the center of the summer social scene.
A trolley ran between Watsontown and Milton. According to Robert Swope, Jr.”
The line passed through a popular recreational park called Riverside Park just south of Watsontown. The park had amusements, swimming, boating and romantic scenery.
Robert Swope, Jr. in Watsontown, McEwensville, and Delaware Township: A Real Photo Postcard History
Riverside Park was located near the current location of Fort Boone Campsites.
When I was growing up on a farm, after I got my driver’s license, I remember clearly how farm machinery broke with maddening frequency—and how I’d be sent on errands to buy the needed parts. In Grandma’s day, farm machinery wouldn’t have been nearly as mechanized, but maybe repairs still needed to be purchased—or maybe the errands were totally unrelated to machinery repairs. . .