Went to Family Reunion

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

Saturday, August 15, 1914:  Got up earlier than usual so I would soon have my work done. We went up to Turbotville on the train, the place where the reunion was held. Met Alma there. She came along home on the train with us, so as to be here on Monday morning.

John and Sarah Derr Family. Taken about 1900. L to R. Front Row: John, Annie (Derr) Van Sant, Sarah. Back Row: Miles, Fuller, Alice (Derr) Krumm, Elmer, Phoebe (Derr) Muffly, Judson, Homer (John Derr would died prior to this reunion.)

The family of Grandma’s mother (John and Sarah Derr family); Taken about 1900. L to R. Front Row: John, Annie (Derr) Van Sant, Sarah. Back Row: Miles, Fuller, Alice (Derr) Krumm, Elmer, Phoebe (Derr) Muffly (Grandma’s mother), Judson, Homer (John Derr would have died prior to this reunion.)

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

Alma Derr was a cousin of Grandma’s, so it must have been a Derr family reunion. There probably were lots of aunts, uncles and cousins there since Grandma’s mother had seven brothers and sisters.

There was a whistle stop of the Susquehanna, Bloomsburg, and Berwick train at the feed mill near the Muffly farm. Turbotville was only about 5 miles from the farm so it would have been a short train ride.

It sounds like the trip to Niagara Falls was a go, and that Alma would be going with Grandma and her sister Ruth.

17 Responses

  1. Love those old family portraits…such elegant clothes.

  2. When we were kids and were traveling to the Bloomsburg Fair dad used to stop at a wonderful ice cream stand in Berwick with over 50 different milkshakes.. I don’t think it’s open anymore.

  3. What a great photo – men had a lot of facial hair it seems!

  4. I, too, love old family photos!

  5. So much activity all of a sudden. Making the most of the last of the summer.

  6. I love this photo! xoxoxox

  7. I’ve gotten up early to get my work done too!
    Diana xo

  8. A nicely attired group. No shorts and tee-shirts. Just very warm clothes.

  9. I like the photo and the hat on the ground.

  10. LOVE love love this picture! What a treasure. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  11. I can’t wait to read all the reunion stories if Helena shares them in her diary.

  12. Old photos sends the mind a dreaming about life back then.
    I’m glad your Grandma had a good time at the reunion. I’m also glad that Alma is getting to join them on the Niagara Falls trip.
    Imagine the excitement swirling around the plans.

  13. WONDERFUL post and photo. Thank you. Very lucky to have old family photos.

  14. Beautiful portrait! I hope she had some fun at the reunion…and that trip is on!

  15. We just had a family reunion–but no one dressed up like that!

  16. I’ll try again. I got the message that my comment couldn’t be posted. Here’s (approximately) what I said.

    What a fascinating photo to study, even without having a family connection to it.

  17. The reunion could have been just a meeting of the trip participants to plan the trip. Words change their meanings a little in 100 years, and the use of French (like ‘reunion’ and ‘commence’) has lessened and become more specialised.

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