Crawling Under Fences

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

Sunday, November 10, 1912:  Went out to Sunday School this morning. This afternoon I went over to see Margaret. Such a time as I had getting there a crawling under fences and so on.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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

Whew, it sounds like a lot of work to crawl under fences and so on (whatever that means) to visit a friend.

I don’t know who Margaret was; I don’t think that she’s ever previously been mentioned in the diary.

Until this diary entry, I’d always assumed that Grandma walked along roads to when visiting friends.

7 Responses

  1. It must have been hard on her clothes to crawl under fences and whatnot.

  2. Must have been a big short cut.

  3. I wonder who she was trying to avoid by not going via the road? mmmmm?

    • Hmm–that’s an interesting thought. I know that Grandma’s friend Carrie Stout lived on the road between the Muffly farm and McEwensville. Maybe Grandma thought that Carrie would be annoyed that Grandma was going to visit a different friend and was trying to avoid her.

  4. […] that’s what happened after I posted the November 10, 1912 diary entry. Grandma had […]

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