Turbotville High School Commencement

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

Friday, May 12, 1911: Just about the same things which I did yesterday. Ruth went up to Turbotville this evening to attend the commencement. I’ll surely have some peace tonight because she won’t be here to disturb it.

Recent photo of Turbotville Community Hall. The commencement probably was held here.

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

I’m surprised that the school year apparently was more than a month longer in the neighboring town of Turbotville than it was in McEwensville.

McEwensville High School  had held it’s commencement on April 6. That day was also the last school day. In general the school year was very short a hundred years ago since children were needed at home during the spring planting season—but it sure seems like the school year was exceptionally short in McEwensville.  I wonder what the community thought about this—Did they worry that their children might be learning less than students in neighboring communities? Or were they glad school ended early so their kids could help with the farm chores?

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