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 thoughts on “A Ride Home in a Buggy

    1. 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.”


  1. 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??

    1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

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