19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, June 7, 1914: Our former pastor was back to preach this morning. Went for a walk this afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma attended the Baptist Church in McEwensville. The church hadn’t had a minister since early January—so it must have been a real treat to have a visit from the former pastor.
On January 4, 1914 Grandma wrote:
Our minister is going to leave soon. He preached his farewell sermon today. I am so sorry to see him go. There were some misty eyes in church this afternoon.
And, on March 29, 1914, she wrote:
Went to Sunday school this afternoon. Attended church, which isn’t very often since we don’t have a regular preacher as yet. . .
And, in the weeks since then she only mentioned going to Sunday School, so the church probably still did not have a new minister.
The McEwensville Baptist Church is long gone. It probably shuttered its doors sometime during the 1920s. A hundred years ago there were many more small churches in rural hamlets than there are now. Many struggled financial and found it difficult to keep a minister because they were unable to pay very much.