Had to Do Sister’s Chores

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

Tuesday, August 13, 1912: Yes sir,, and I did do the ironing this forenoon. All except two collars. Ruth went up to McEwensville this morning and was a long time coming home. I thought it wasn’t very nice.

Recent photo of some houses in McEwensville

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

Yes sir?? . . .  Sounds like Grandma was mad at someone (her mother??).

Since Grandma’s sister Ruth didn’t get home in a timely manner, she apparently was ordered to do her sister’s chore (the ironing).

Why did Ruth go to McEwenville?  Was it an errand? . . . to visit a friend?

6 thoughts on “Had to Do Sister’s Chores

  1. Hard to be stuck at home doing ironing … some things don’t change. I wonder about the task in McEwensville, too … sounds like it captured Ruth’s attention, whatever it was …

  2. Now we know why she gets upset when her sister goes, even though she’s upset when her sister is there… at least when she’s there she does her own chores!

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