17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, October 24, 1912: Didn’t have school this afternoon so we could go without missing. It was very entertaining. Enjoyed it much. Would like to have gone to the convention again tonight, but it was raining. That’s what if did this afternoon, too.
Was out to Ruthie’s school before I went up to the church. Took Jimmie out, that is he was to stay with her.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma’s 7-year-old brother Jimmie also attended the McEwenville School. Their sister Ruth was a teacher at a nearby one-room school-house. Apparently the students at Ruth’s school didn’t get the afternoon off for the convention.
Why did Ruth need to babysit Jimmie while she was teaching. Maybe their parents also went to the convention.
I still haven’t figured out what the convention was—though Grandma mentioned it the previous day when she wrote:
Wanted to go to the Convention this evening, but it commenced to rain and Rufus said she wasn’t going, but she did go when Rachel came . . .
It almost sounds like it was something associated with one of the churches in McEwensville—though I’m surprised that the students got time off school to attend a religious event. Or maybe it was some sort of local political convention–elections were rapidly approaching both then and now.