18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, December 27, 1913: Expected company today, but was doomed to disappointment, no sign of cousin Alma appeared.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A hundred years ago visits were often planned via letter—and when plans changed at the last minute there was no way to let the other person know.
Grandma’s cousin. Alma Derr, lived on a farm in Montour County, Pennsylvania near the hamlet of California. Alma was the daughter of Judson Derr. He was a brother of Grandma’s mother.
Grandma probably expected Alma to come on the Susquehanna, Bloomsburg, and Berwick (S. B. & B.) train. There was a whistle stop for the train at a feed mill near the Muffly farm.
Alma was 15-years-old—and was three years younger than Grandma; but despite the age difference they apparently were good friends.
The previous summer Grandma spent several days at Alma’s. For example, on August 16, 1913 Grandma wrote:
Went out to Alma’s this morning on the train. We went to a festival over at California this evening. That was the first country festival I was ever to. We went up to the Hall this afternoon to tap the packers and then we swiped a dish of ice cream. When we finished it, we washed the dish and spoon in salt water.
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