Got Home at 2:30 a.m.!

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

Wednesday, February 18, 1914:  Ruth and I went to a party tonight over at our cousin’s. We walked to town and from there the party was conveyed in sleds. Didn’t go very fast as the roads were full of snow. My, but we did have the eats. Bet there were some, who made it hard for their poor tummies. Got home 2:30 a.m.

Recent view from McEwensville looking out over the countryside

Recent view from McEwensville looking out over the countryside. (The building in the foreground was once the McEwensville School.)

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


What an awesome party! . . . friends, sleds, lot of good food. . .  Was “he” at the party? Life sounds good.

I want to just enjoy your fun, but somehow the time warp isn’t totally working for me—and the middle-aged mother in me has to ask you several questions:

Don’t you think that 2:30 a.m. was a bit late to stay out?

Did you and your sister Ruth have to walk home to the farm in the middle of the night all by yourselves? Was it safe?

21 Responses

  1. It does sound quite late for Grandma and those days!

  2. It is odd, to think of our grandparents staying out that late for a party, isn’t it? Sounds like she had fun, though!

  3. Sounds like a fun time was had by all … I bet 2:30AM must have been extremely late! Guess we’ll have to imagine the rest of the details :D

  4. It seems that we are building toward something very interesting :-)

  5. The mother in ME was wondering about those same things…..I agree with the previous comment that we seem to be building up to something here…..

  6. Wow! Gradma was learning that life could be fun! Wouldn’t it be great to go sledding as part of a party? No mention of a beau but I’ll bet there was one we will read about soon.

  7. I wondered about the walk home too! I wonder if ‘he’ walked them home or if any gentlemen offered…

  8. I’m happy she had fun!

  9. It was safe. What disreputable character would have been lurking around in all that snow? You sound like my mother back in the day :)

  10. What a delightful post Sheryl… I had a “big smile on m’ dial” re: you viewing your Grandmother’s behaviour from a parental viewpoint whilst, for me, Helena always has been “my Miss Muffly” and I want to shout out… “Go girl, go go go!!!…” :lol:

  11. Love this post. You go girl! – grandma, that is. Yes, things were a lot safer then. (Well, I believe so anyway.)

  12. I was wondering the same about it being late and walking home together in the dark.

  13. I wonder what time they would have had to get up in the morning! I can’t see them sleeping in like modern teens!

  14. It sounds like loads of fun – traveling by sled to a party! I don’t think people were so worried about dangerous people lurking about back then, and there is safety in numbers. Maybe they were escorted all the way home by the ones who provided the sleds. I wonder if they carried lanterns. Or flashlights maybe? Tim says flashlights were invented in 1899, but not commonly available until 1922.

  15. Good for her! It’s funny to hear you worrying about her–did she worry about you when you were a teen?

  16. I don’t know, I guess I’m glad she had fun, but me as a father would have met her at the door with an angry expression!

  17. Go Grandma! (and Ruth) – sounds like fun!

  18. that is later than my modern curfew LOL

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