16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, February 18, 1912: Went to Sunday School this afternoon. The roads are rather muddy. Went over to see Carrie this afternoon. I mean I went to Sunday School this morning. I wonder what will happen tomorrow at school I just wonder if Mr. Forest Dunkel (that’s his name) is going to be stern and terrible.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Forest Dunkel was going to be the new teacher at McEwensville High School. The previous teacher had quit mid-year.
As I told you several days ago, McEwensville School had a difficult time keeping teachers because of the low teacher salary. Here’s a little more information about the school’s financial problems:
Sometimes the school board was unable to pay the teachers at the appropriate time and could do so only when there was again enough money in the treasury. The McEwensville school board had difficulty collecting tuitions due from the directors for pupils attending from Delaware Township. At one time McEwensville even considered going to court to collect these monies, but concluded that it would not be worth the legal expense involved.
The History of the McEwensville Schools (2000) by Thomas Kramm
Grandma’s family lived in Delaware Township, so she would have been one of the students that the school was having difficulty getting the township to pay for in a timely manner.
Carrie Stout was a friend of Grandma’s who lived on a nearby farm.