Having Fun (?) at School

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

Friday, February 2, 1912:  I wonder if I am really mean or what is the matter with me. On seeing my chance to grab a boy’s necktie, I availed myself of the opportunity. The result was I was dispatched of my hair ribbon and this evening my cap. I was to give up the tie and then I could have my cap. I got mine first, and then gave back the tie.

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

It’s amazing that guys wore neckties to school a hundred years ago. Styles sure have changed.

Sounds like Grandma was having fun. According to yesterday’s diary entry she was not going to go to the box social that was being held that evening.  It sounds like she figured out another way to get a boy’s attention.

Raymond Swartz (1915 picture)

I wish that Grandma had mentioned the boy’s name in this entry. My grandfather (Raymond Swartz) and Grandma both graduated from McEwensville High School in 1913. The school was small—only 6 students graduated in the class of 1913—but so far I’ve found no mention of Raymond in the diary.

Might this entry refer to Raymond? Somehow I think not—

Raymond was 3 1/2 years younger than Grandma—so when this entry was written he would have been 13 years-old and she would have been 16 (almost 17). He apparently skipped several grades and was a really young high school student.

They did not marry until Grandma was in her mid-twenties.

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