18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, July 27, 1913: Went to Sunday School this afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Across the two and a half years that I’ve been posting the diary, most Sunday’s Grandma wrote that she went to Sunday School. She rarely mentioned Church. Why? . . . Didn’t she attend the church service?
Did Grandma go alone to Sunday School a hundred years ago today, or did other family members also attend? What about her parents?
In the past, sometimes the diary entries suggested that her sister Ruth may have at least occasionally accompanied her to Sunday School. And, if I remember correctly, Grandma mentioned one time that her 7-year-old brother Jimmie went to Sunday School. But her parents are never mentioned in the context of church or Sunday School.
Today I think that parents are more likely to attend church than their teen-aged children. It almost seems like it was the opposite for Grandma—she attended, but her parents didn’t.