Didn’t Go To Play Practice

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

Monday, March 10, 1913:  It rained tonight so we didn’t go up to practice.

A recent rainy day in McEwensville

A recent rainy day in McEwensville

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

Grandma was in the class play. Did some of the cast members show up for practice? . . or did everyone independently decide that the weather was too bad?

Today we’d text, email, or call if we couldn’t get to a play practice or meeting. A hundred years ago, did people just use their own judgment to determine whether an event was probably canceled due to weather?

11 Responses

  1. That’s a great thought! Communication is so easy for us these days, it’s hard to imagine life the way it was then…

  2. Interesting thought. We take communication so much for granted these days.

  3. Isn’t that the truth! See how time and technology has changed our very way of thinking.

  4. good point–I wonder–guess they just used their best judgment and hoped that others would understand

  5. Maybe the ol’ “heard it from a friend, who heard it from a neighbour, who was told by the milkman, who’s cousins wife’s sister knows the plays director” ;)

  6. I remember sometimes a message was sent “to town” with the mailman! The mail came through every kind of weather!

  7. I never really thought about that, good point. Maybe they had a plan in the even of bad weather.

  8. And maybe everyone knew that if it rained the “walkers” wouldn’t be there. But then, maybe they all walked?

  9. Interesting challenge. They probably made arrangements ahead of time and maybe even set rain dates.

  10. Because it was a Monday, maybe they had already seen the weather was going to be bad that night as they left school, and had let folks know they wouldn’t be coming back out.

    If the weather was still cold, the rain would have possibly left the roads icy and hard to walk on. I don’t blame them for not going to practice.

  11. I love the photos of McEwensville. In some it seems as if the town still retains an old fashioned appeal and atmosphere.

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