Went to Town

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

Friday, June 5, 1914:  Went to Watsontown this morning.

Recent photo of the view Grandma would have had as she walked into Watsontown. (Well, the isn't exactly the same because 100 years ago there would have been a bustling railroad station where the vacant lot with the yellow truck is in the photo.

Recent photo of the view Grandma would have had as she walked into Watsontown. (Well, the isn’t exactly the same because 100 years ago there would have been a bustling railroad station on the right.)

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

Hmm. . . Why did Grandma go to the nearby town of Watsontown? . . . Did she go shopping? . . . Run an errand for her mother or father?

19 Responses

  1. She probably enjoyed getting away from the farm for awhile….sounds like she’s been staying pretty close to home lately.

  2. At least she felt going to Watsontown was worth mentioning, even if she didn’t elaborate. :)

  3. I lived in a small community of about 300 people for about 7 years. Going into town once a month for supplies was a fun outing!
    Diana xo

    • I can remember that we only went grocery shopping once every three or four weeks when I was a small child since we raised a lot of our food on the farm. You’re absolutely right–back then going to town was a fun adventure.

  4. Yes, maybe she went shopping or to meet a friend.

  5. I was thinking how short her entries tend to be and wondering about her motivations in keeping the diary.

    • I’m not really sure. She had her ups and downs regarding the level of detail that she included in her diary entries–but they generally were short. Maybe she used it for self reflection (though she doesn’t really seem to do that with much depth).

  6. I think she probably needed a day out to enjoy the scenery and perk her up.

  7. She didn’t sound very excited about “going to town” but I’m sure she enjoyed getting out for awhile.

    • That’s kind of why I tend to think that she had to run an errand for her parents–though, as you said, it probably was pleasant to get off the farm for a few hours.

  8. Every time I go into Watsontown and pass the railroad tracks I think of Helena!

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