16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, October 13, 1911: Ruth and I went up to Oakes’ this evening and arrived home in no time.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It was a Friday night. I wonder why Grandma and her sister Ruth didn’t stay long.
The Oakes lived on a farm near the Muffly’s. Several of the Oakes children were close in age to Grandma and Ruth. Rachel Oakes was a friend and also the primary school teacher at McEwensville.
Several times during the spring and early summer Grandma mentioned in the diary that Ruth was dating Jim Oakes—though he hasn’t been mentioned recently so perhaps that relationship ended sometime prior to this date.