17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, August 21, 1912: Went to Watsontown this afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Watsontown was about one and a half miles east of the Muffly farm. Why did Grandma go there?
Since school was going to start in a few days, maybe she went to Watsontown to shop for school supplies . . . or maybe she went there to run an errand for her mother or father. . . or to . . .
I’ve previously shown you photos of downtown Watsontown, so today I’m going to show you some of the industries.
Watsontown was a small, but bustling industrial town at the time that Grandma was writing the diary. Over the last forty years or so, Watsontown has had lots of struggles as industries have moved abroad, but it currently seems to be on an upswing.
A hundred years ago the major industries were the Watsontown Door and Sash Company (later it was the Philco plant and now Moran Industries is located on the site), the Watsontown Boot and Shoe Company, and the Watsontown Steam Flour Mill.