18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, May 23, 1913: It was rather a dreary day today. Got three more presents today. Mother was up to Turbotville and brought them home with her. Wish it would stop raining soon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma’s graduation gifts sure straggled in over a long period of time. She graduated from McEwensville High School on April 23, 1913—exactly one month before this diary entry.
The presents probably were from her grandparents and an aunt. Grandma’s maternal grandparents, John and Sarah Derr lived in Turbotvile.
Grandma also had at least one aunt—Annie Van Sant— who lived in Turbotville. Aunt Annie was grandma’s mother’s youngest sister. She was married to a doctor, but had no children. Based upon previous entries, I have the impression that Aunt Annie tended to give very nice gifts.
I wonder how many graduation gifts in total Grandma received. On May 4, she wrote:
Although it is over a week since commencement, I received a present today. Making eighteen in all.
So, Grandma received at least 21 gifts—the previous 18 plus the additional 3.