Tried to Run an Errand

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

Wednesday, January 7, 1914:  Went on an errand this afternoon, but didn’t accomplish anything as the people weren’t at home. Ruthie and I went up to Oakes’ this evening.

Recent view of the farm where the Oakes lived.

Recent view of the farm where the Oakes lived.

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

What was the failed errand? . . . an attempt to return something? . . . an attempt to buy or borrow something? . . . an attempt to give a message to someone? . . .

The Oakes lived on a farm near the Muffly’s and had several children close in age to Grandma and her sister Ruth. Rachel Oakes was a friend. And, there were at least two boys in the family–Jim and Alvin. Back in n 1911, Ruth dated Jim Oakes.


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