Went to Children’s Day Service at Lutheran Church

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

Sunday, June 21, 1914:  Went to Sunday School this morning. Was over to see Carrie this afternoon. It commenced to rain this evening. Was afraid I wouldn’t get up to town this evening. The Lutherans had Children’s Day services. The rain didn’t last long, so Ruth and I started out.

Raymond Swartz, 1915

Raymond Swartz, 1915

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

I wonder why Grandma wanted so desperately to attend the Children’s Day services at the Lutheran Church.

Here’s one possible reason—though I don’t think that it’s very plausible. But here goes–

Maybe Grandma thought that my grandfather, Raymond Swartz, was cute; and, that he would be at the service. When I was a child my grandparents attended Messiah Lutheran Church in McEwensville—and I think that Grandma converted from Baptist to Lutheran when she got married.

That said, I don’t think this scenario is realistic. What I really think is that Raymond was not yet on Grandma’s radar screen. Grandma was three and a half years older than Raymond—and a hundred years ago today she was 19 years old, but he was only 15. They didn’t get married until she was 26 and he was 21.

2010 photo of the building that once housed Messiah Lutheran Church. It is now an antique shop.

2010 photo of the building that once housed Messiah Lutheran Church. It is now an antique shop.

Carrie Stout was a friend of Grandma’s who lived on a nearby farm. And, Ruth was Grandma’s sister.

11 Responses

  1. Realistic or not Sheryl i like your idea. :)

  2. I’m guessing, with you, that a 19-year-old girl wouldn’t have noticed a 15-year-old boy. A lot changes in a boy between 15 and 21! ;-)

  3. I saw a lot of 15 yr old ‘boys’ in school. By the time I taught them as seniors, they starting showing signs of becoming ‘men’. By 21, the transition was well underway. Of course, most have a long way to go before they are fully functional. I’m getting closer.

  4. Maybe they went because they were between pastors at their church so they attended activities at another church. Church seems to have been the biggest social activity back then – a place you could get together with folks you didn’t see throughout the week.
    Diana xo

  5. Whatever her reason, I’m glad she got to go!

  6. Oh, I love a bit of romance!

  7. So glad she got a break from those strawberries!

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