A Ride Home in a Buggy

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

Sunday, September 21, 1913:  Went to Sunday School all afternoon. It rained nearly all afternoon. Ruth and I were in quite a pickle about getting home. She had on her bestest dress. The questions were solved when a nice boy brought us home in his buggy.

A recent stormy day in McEwensville

A recent stormy day in McEwensville

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

Grandma and her sister Ruth usually walked the mile or so home from Sunday School. It would have been a miserable walk if they’d had to tramp home in the rain.

But all’s well that ends well. . . hmm. . . Who was the nice boy who brought them home?


21 Responses

  1. ooohhh… I hope it’s a love interest for Miss Muffly :grin:

  2. Does the plot thicken?

  3. I can’t imagine a long walk in your best dress! Luckily for the young man who came to their rescue in the buggy!

  4. I love how she uses the word “bestest.”

  5. They were “in a pickle”, I haven’t heard that saying in years :) Annie

  6. “Bestest” was something my Mom used to say. What a nice boy in that buggy….. :)

  7. Hmmmm…..inquiring minds want to know!!!

  8. I was wondering the same thing!

  9. It would be interesting to know who the nice boy was. It could be someone younger :-), as you didn’t need a drivers license for a buggy.

  10. […] The previous day it rained while Grandma and her sister Ruth were at Sunday School at the Baptist Church in McEwensville. They were particularly upset because Ruth “had on her bestest dress.” […]

  11. Did the nice boy offer or did they ask the nice boy, I wonder?

  12. I’ve never thought of buggies still being used in 1913 when my father and his brother were both born. I guess I just didn’t think about it.

    • I think that it was an era when a shift was taking place from horses/buggies to cars–but in rural areas horses were still the norm. Twice in the diary Grandma has mentioned riding in a car–and both times she made it sound like a really special event. The most recent time was on Aug. 31, 1913 (the Aug. 31, 2013 post) when she wrote:

      “. . . I just want to add that I was so fortunate this morning as to get an automobile ride.”


  13. Yesterday {the 21st 100 yrs later} was also a rainy day. We were driving home from Danville and went the scenic route that takes us past Helena’s home town and it was pouring. I thought about her walking as I past the railroad tracks that would take her to Watsontown and thankful I had my car to keep me dry. Glad that a nice boy offered them a ride in his buggy….maybe your grandfather??

    • Sounds like there was similar weather in 1913 and 2013. It’s hard to imagine how people regularly walked the railroad tracks a hundred years ago to avoid unpaved roads on days when they were muddy.

      • I am still amazed she would walk all the way to Watsontown – but back then they were a hardier bunch than we are today.

        • It sure seems like people walked a lot more years ago. I suppose that it took a lot of time (and was a hassle) to get a horse and buggy ready to make a trip–so that it was easier to just walk if someone only wanted to go a mile or two.

          • true – while we think it is romantic to go for a horse and buggy ride we don’t have to hook everything up and unhook everything when we get back. I do think life was more laid back then, and a nice long walk a way to enjoy the day.

  14. The buggy ride, I can imagine. I’ve had a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. What’s harder to imagine anyone is attending an ALL afternoon Sunday school.

  15. […] wrote that it rained on Sunday, September 21, 1913 and Sunday, October 19, 1913. So it rained about one Sunday a month during Fall, 1913. In other […]

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