18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, June 24, 1913: Can’t say I have much for today either. These June days seem to have very little to do with me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I can sense a bit of sadness or depression. What did Grandma mean when she wrote that these June days seem to have very little to do with her?
It may be a huge stretch on my part, but this entry makes me wonder if Grandma was hoping to hear that she’d gotten position as a teacher at a one-room school house. . . and that she was very worried that she won’t get one.
But, on the other hand, Grandma never wrote anything about seeking a teaching job. . . so maybe I’m letting my imagination run wild. . . .
However, both of Grandma’s older sisters, as well as several friends, taught at nearby one-room school houses after they graduated from high school, so it seems like she may have wanted a similar job.
Her sister Ruth (often call Rufus in the diary) graduated from high school in 1911. On June 30, 1911 Grandma wrote in the diary:
Rufus is going to teach school next winter, as she has just been elected to that office. Am glad.
And, according to The History of the McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm, Grandma’s oldest sister Besse taught at the Red Hill School at the south end of McEwensville from 1906 to 1909.