Visited Friends

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

Thursday, January 9, 1913: Ruth and I went up to Oakes’ this evening. Didn’t get my lessons out any too well for the morrow.

Source: Wikipedia

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

Grandma’s New Year’s resolution to study harder was apparently long forgotten .  .  .

I’m surprised that Grandma and her sister Ruth ventured out on a cold, dark (or maybe moonlit) winter evening to visit friends.

The Oakes lived on a nearby farm. Their daughter Rachel was a friend of Grandma and her sister Ruth. The Oakes also had several sons who were about the same age as the Muffly girls. In 1911, Ruth dated Jim Oakes—but that relationship seems to have ended about a year and a half prior to this diary entry

16 thoughts on “Visited Friends

    1. I remember my grandmother as a very elderly woman. One of the things that I especially enjoy about the diary is the way it provides a window into what my grandmother was like when she was young.

  1. I will answer your question as to whether it was a moonlit winter evening :-). The New Moon was on January 7 in 1913, so there would have only been a tiny sliver showing on the 9th.

    1. Wow, I’m impressed that you were able to find this. Thanks! If there was only a sliver of moon showing, I think that I would have cocooned instead of visiting friends–but people probably didn’t mind walking in the dark back then.

  2. That Steven is really knowledgable….so mmmmm….maybe there was still a little flame burning for Ruth. Or maybe they needed a cup of sugar. I wonder what the temperatures were, sometimes I like to go out for a walk after a big meal, the fresh are feels good.

  3. The diaries I have read from that time tell me that visiting was very common. For my great-aunt in the 1940’s, it was a rare day that she didn’t go out or a visitor didn’t come in. I like your story about Ruth and her boyfriend. Jane

      1. Oh, Sheryl, I think your blog is wonderful. I think it takes a huge commitment to blog every single day, and maybe an even bigger commitment to find things to post about on the days that your grandmother wrote very little. And you find such interesting things to share. Yes, you have a wonderful blog!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s