17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, August 27, 1912:Our company came today. Didn’t study very much this evening.
Who came? And, why were they four days—4 days!!!—late?
On Saturday, August 24 Grandma had written:
We’ve been expecting company for the last several days, but it seems to be as if they aren’t coming. It seems to be the luck around here.
The guest(s) must have come from a great distance. . . Did they come by train?
I suppose that all of the plans had been made by exchanging letters—and that when there was a delay the guests had been unable to inform the Muffly’s of the change in plans.
The visitors could have been anyone. (Grandma—How could you possibly have forgotten to write in your diary the names of visitors who apparently came from afar?)
I do know that Grandma’s mother’s (Phoebe Derr Muffly) had a brother, Homer Munro Derr, who lived in South Dakota in 1910. He was the family adventurer and academic. Homer was ten years younger than Phoebe.
According to information posted on the Rootsweb site:
In the 1910 Census, Homer Munro Derr, was a college professor at Brookings, South Dakota. The Rootweb site also indicates that:
February 5, 1872—Born in Pennsylvania
1900—School teacher, Manhattan, New York
1904—Physics professor, Epworth College, Oklahoma
1910—College professor, Brookings, South Dakota
1920—Engineer for the state, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1930—Mathematics Professor, Montgomery (Fayette County), West Virginia
May 31, 1958—Died in Los Angeles, California
Homer was married to Anna and in 1910 had one daughter, Coralie. They later had a second child, Steven.
And, here is the picture I “clipped” Homer out of. It also shows Grandma’s mother Phoebe, their parents, and other siblings.
An aside—If I’d cleaned and cooked for guests on Saturday, I won’t still be prepared the following Wednesday. I guess people were just more flexible back then.