Social News

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

Tuesday, March 31, 1914:  <<no entry>>

Milton Evening Standard (March 30, 1914)

Milton Evening Standard (March 30, 1914)

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

Since Grandma didn’t’ write anything a hundred years ago today, I’ll share the social news for McEwensville.

McEwensville was (and still is) a small town. Two friends of Grandma’s were mentioned in the newspaper: Rachel Oakes and Helen (Tweet) Wesner.  I don’t think that Grandma attended the party that Rachel helped organize—at least the diary provides no indication that Grandma was at a party on the previous Tuesday.

 

23 Responses

  1. LOL, someone received a big potato made the news. Wasn’t life so innocent at one time? That’s an interesting social calendar.

  2. I love that potatoes and coconuts and odd robins were news!

  3. Our little local paper used to publish those social columns. They were always fun to read, but I don’t recall ever reading that anyone received a large potato! (But then, I wasn’t reading them 100 years ago…!)

    • I wish that newspapers would still publish social columns like this. I find that I often know what is happened in New York City or Washington DC–but have no clue what’s happening in my neighborhood.

  4. An early form of Facebook or Twitter …from a simpler time – charming.

  5. How fun it is to think that even back then someone mentioned seeing a robin in March. My mother always watched for them and was delighted when she could be the first one to report a sighting!!!

    • I can also remember my mother being excited when she saw her first robin each spring. . . and I must admit that her enthusiasm years ago must have rubbed off on me because I’m thrilled each spring when I see my first robin.

      • I couldn’t believe the amount of robins I saw in February and found out that they really don’t go very far at all. What a disappointment!!! I’ll have to start looking for another true sign of spring.

  6. This is fun to read. It must have been interesting to receive a coconut.

    • Fresh coconut probably seemed like a really exotic food back then. I can’t imagine sending a coconut today. My friends would probably roll their eyes–and be clueless what to do with it–if they got one in the mail. :)

  7. Haha it’s like social media. It’s like my twitter feed in print!

  8. These are like the “Tweets” of today. Short announcements to keep the community up-to-date. I enjoyed this entry.

    • I’m glad you liked it. I’m probably not very connected to my neighborhood via social media–but I really wish I could keep up as well today with the happenings in my community as they apparently did a hundred years ago.

  9. Wasn’t it wonderful, the very personal, caring, and community things that constituted the news. I just love what you are doing here.

  10. The woman who made the comment about this being the early form of FB is so right!

  11. I always wondered how Jersey Shore, PA got its name. Do you know, Sheryl?

    • I didn’t know the answer when I first read your question, but it made me curious so I googled it. This is what Wikipedia says:

      Jersey Shore was originally named Waynesburg by the two brothers, Reuben and Jeremiah Manning, who laid out the town circa 1785.[3] Around the time that this was happening, a settlement arose on the eastern side of the West Branch Susquehanna River (Nippenose Township), opposite Waynesburg. A rivalry developed between the two settlements, and those on the eastern shore began referring to the settlement on the western shore as the “Jersey Shore,” because the Manning family had relocated from New Jersey. The nickname became so fixed that in 1826 the original name of Waynesburg was officially abandoned and changed to Jersey Shore.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Shore,_Pennsylvania

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