Retired Early–Sister Has a Visitor

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

Monday, June 19, 1911: I worked so very hard this forenoon, but made up for it by retiring early. Ruth is having Mr. J. Oakes down on the front porch this evening.

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

I bet the real reason Grandma retired early was because she was jealous that a beau was visiting her sister. Ruth has been seeing Jim Oakes for almost three months. In the March 26 diary entry it sounded as if he was a new boyfriend. He was also mentioned in the May 25 entry.

7 Responses

  1. […] or so from the Muffly’s. Rachel Oakes was a friend of Grandma and her sister Ruth. And, Ruth was dating Jim Oakes. Recent photo of the farm where Rachel and Jim Oakes […]

  2. […] seemed like a young kid to Ruth in 1911. (And, according to the diary, in 1911 Ruth was dating Jim Oakes). Or like this. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  3. […] will eventually marry Grandma’s sister Ruth, but according to the diary, in 1911 Ruth was dating Jim Oakes and so it seems conceivable that Grandma had a crush on Bill.  (I don’t have any sisters, but I […]

  4. […] times during the spring and early summer Grandma mentioned in the diary that Ruth was dating James Oakes—though he hasn’t been mentioned recently so perhaps that relationship ended sometime prior to […]

  5. […] brothers, Alvin and James, may have also been there. The previous spring Ruth dated James—but he hasn’t been mentioned in the diary in months, so I don’t think that they were still […]

  6. […] The Oakes also had several sons who were about the same age as the Muffly girls. In 1911, Ruth dated Jim Oakes—but that relationship seems to have ended about a year and a half prior to this diary […]

  7. […] The Oakes lived on a farm near the Muffly’s and had several children close in age to Grandma and her sister Ruth. Rachel Oakes was a friend. And, there were at least two boys in the family–Jim and Alvin. Back in n 1911, Ruth dated Jim Oakes. […]

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