Didn’t Go To Play Practice

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

Monday, March 10, 1913:  It rained tonight so we didn’t go up to practice.

A recent rainy day in McEwensville
A recent rainy day in McEwensville

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

Grandma was in the class play. Did some of the cast members show up for practice? . . or did everyone independently decide that the weather was too bad?

Today we’d text, email, or call if we couldn’t get to a play practice or meeting. A hundred years ago, did people just use their own judgment to determine whether an event was probably canceled due to weather?

11 thoughts on “Didn’t Go To Play Practice

  1. Maybe the ol’ “heard it from a friend, who heard it from a neighbour, who was told by the milkman, who’s cousins wife’s sister knows the plays director” 😉

  2. Because it was a Monday, maybe they had already seen the weather was going to be bad that night as they left school, and had let folks know they wouldn’t be coming back out.

    If the weather was still cold, the rain would have possibly left the roads icy and hard to walk on. I don’t blame them for not going to practice.

  3. I love the photos of McEwensville. In some it seems as if the town still retains an old fashioned appeal and atmosphere.

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