Parties, Dinners, and Flinch Games

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

Friday, November 8, 1912: Postponed my lessons until tomorrow since today is Friday.

Recent picture of McEwensville. Was it a hot time in the old town a hundred years ago tonight?

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

Sounds like a plan!  If I had been Grandma I probably would have postponed my lessons until Sunday evening.

Did Grandma do any fun things on this Friday evening? She hasn’t mentioned any exciting social activities in recent diary entries, but in the past  she’s mentioned going to out to dinner and to parties:

I went to a party this evening in McEwensville up at Watson’s. I had a very pleasant time. It was almost two o’clock when I got home.

February 17, 1911

I was invited to dine out this evening and accepted the invitation. It was up at Gauger’s. My beauteous or rather vain sister was up also. It was, as I supposed in honor of the senior class. I had quite a pleasant evening. I played Flinch part of the time. My partner and I winning two games.

March 1, 1911

Just got home from a party a little while ago. It was up at Amelia Seibert’s. I had a real nice time. As I thought, B.G. was there

August 3, 1911

Whew, those entries are all from 1911. Grandma attended some parties in 1912—but they aren’t the diary entries that are memorable. It almost seems like her social life was in the doldrums. . . but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she had a fun Friday evening and just didn’t write about it.

14 thoughts on “Parties, Dinners, and Flinch Games

    1. Next time I’m at the flea market, I’m going to see if I can find Flinch. I’m always amazed at how frequently I find things that I’m looking for there.

  1. My great aunt used to play Flinch (and a similar game called Bunco) with my sisters and I when we were children. My great grandmother’s journal mentions playing “Lost Heir” – and I got my hands on this game. Either I am missing something or I am not sure how my ancestors could stay up until 2 pm playing it 🙂 Flinch on the other hand was fun.

    1. I’m going to have to look for a Flinch deck. It would be fun to try it.

      Since they didn’t have electricity in rural areas a hundred years ago, I’m amazed that they’d stay up that late.

    1. In 1911 she had a crush on a guy she referred to as Bill, Billy, and B.G. I’m guessing that it was Bill Gauger–but I could be wrong. Her sister Ruth married Bill Gauger several years later–and somehow it seems like Grandma might have liked him before Ruth started dating him.

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