A New Soda Fountain

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

Friday, April 3, 1914: Don’t remember having done anything worthwhile.


Milton Evening Standard (April 2, 1914)

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

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share another article from the Milton Evening Standard. Milton is about 4 miles from McEwensville.

It sounds like Milton now had a super trendy soda fountain. I wonder if Grandma ever went there with her friends (or a cute guy), and had a malt or a root beer.

Pictures of the drug store and the soda fountain are on the Milton History.org site.

25 Responses

  1. How exciting for the town! I hope grandma did go there with a cute guy. ;)

  2. Were they originally in a druggist’s shop because the sodas were considered a type of health drink, do you think?

  3. Well, this proves to us that Grandma “went back” to fill in days in her diary…. (but I used to do the same thing!). Perhaps that soda fountain will figure into a future entry.

    • Yes, it does sound like she wrote this diary entry at a later date. I always find it interesting to think that she’d take the time to fill in days that she missed.

  4. Somehow that sounds so great, and I wish it could happen in today’s world instead of everyone waiting to see the “new iPhone”

    • You’re absolutely right! People excitedly wait for new technology to roll out today. The media reports on how people are anticipating something new both than and now–it’s just that what people are excited about has changed a lot across the years.

  5. I wish we still had soda fountains . . . :-(

    • Soda fountains were almost before my time. I can vaguely remember there being one in a local drug store when I was a very small child–but it was gone long before my teen years.

  6. I find myself wishing your Grandma would get up and go to the new soda fountain in Milton. It would be a diversion. She seems to be in the doldrums again.

  7. I like the stuff they used to put in papers! That probably wouldn’t have made in the paper now days unless Krauser was stabbed by the guy who delivered it. :(
    Diana xo

  8. I think it would be fun to have a soda fountain in my town :)

  9. Grandma seems a little down the last few days. Poor girl! I hope something exciting is just around the corner.

  10. I couldn’t tell at the link if the photo was before the fire of 1904 or what they rebuilt after the fire. Looks super posh though.

    • I also thought that the description in the link was confusing. I think that they rebuilt after the fire–and that the soda fountain in the link picture was after the fire.

  11. I loved soda fountains when I was a kid! :)

    • I can vaguely remember going to a soda fountain at a drug store when I was a small child–but it had been torn out by the time I was a teen.

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