19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, December 21, 1914: I look by these pages of late that I don’t take much interest in keeping a diary. I really don’t because I have nothing exciting to write. Am done Xmas shopping for this year, and my pocketbook is done, too. The trouble for me with Christmas presents is that I never get enough.
Had one of my Brownie pictures enlarged. It came this morning. A Xmas present for myself.
Alma Derr, Rachel Oakes, and Ruth Muffly at Niagara Falls (Caption order may not be correct; Uncertain of the order; of the women)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma, do tell—Was it the picture that you took of the girls at Niagara Falls last summer?
If so, I feel tingly. By giving yourself a Christmas present, you’ve given your descendants a gift that has lasted a hundred years.
Whew, I can hardly believe it. I’m only aware of one photo that Grandma took which still exists—and I think this dairy entry may be referring to it. My cousin Alice has a photo that Grandma took of her sister, her cousin, and a friend during a trip to Niagara Falls in August, 1914. Grandma really liked the photo, and mentioned it in previous diary entries.
I asked Alice about the photo last summer. I’m reposting what Alice told me:
My Dad and I were cleaning out sheds on our farm outside of McEwensville, probably around the summer of 1977 or 1978. That is when we found the picture. I had just bought my first house and was delighted to have some pictures to hang. There were several other pictures from the Muffly and Swartz family.
I love the picture so much. It still hangs in my office and I enjoy looking at it every day. Everyone looks so happy.
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