Who Was “He”, “B.” and “B.G.”?

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

Sunday, August 27, 1911: Went to Sunday school this afternoon, although it drizzled to some extent. He was there. This evening I went with Ruth to a Song Service up to Mc! It was in the Lutheran Church, and the singing was certainly magnificent.

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

“He” refers to a guy Grandma thought was cute. She never uses his name but referred to him as “him”,” B.”, and “B.G”. in previous posts.

There probably were several young men with the initials B.G. living in the McEwensville area in 1911. But within the limited cast of people mentioned in the diary there is only one person with those initials.

I keep telling myself—Don’t Speculate!—I but can’t help myself. I continue to think that she was referring to Bill (William) Gauger.

Bill (William) Gauger*

I know that Bill 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 know women who do—and I’ve heard them say that their sisters often stole their boyfriends.)

*Photo Source: History of McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm, used with permission

8 Responses

  1. Diaries are great to tease us, to make us speculate, and wish we had a direct line to our ancestors — for clarification, please.

  2. […] Bill Gauger in December, 1911. Also based upon previous posts, I do think that Grandma may have had a crush on Bill in 1911. GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "1"); GA_googleAddAttr("Origin", "other"); […]

  3. […] writing this entry–with its total focus on the things that are important to a 16-year-old.  Who was B.? . […]

  4. […] think that Billy refers to Bill (William) Gauger. His family lived on a farm east of McEwensville. Bill married Grandma’s sister Ruth several […]

  5. […] had a crush on B. in the diary but doesn’t use the complete name. I think that B. refers to Bill Gauger.  Grandma’s sister Ruth married Bill several years after the diary […]

  6. Is it just me, or does he look a little like Leonardo DiCaprio?

    Love your blog.

    • Hmm. . . now that you say it, maybe I can see it.

      I’m glad you enjoy this blog. I have a lot of fun pulling the posts together and it’s always wonderful to hear when someone enjoys it.

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