18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, December 7, 1913: Went to Sunday School this morning. It proved to be rather rainy. Made a call this afternoon. Ruth and I were going to church this evening, but it started to rain.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What does “made a call” mean? Did Grandma mean that she visited a friend? . . . .or did she mean that she made a telephone call?
Telephones were unusual enough a hundred years ago that a phone call may have merited a mention in the diary.
In the 1910s telephone lines were being strung from poles in the general area, but I’m uncertain whether Grandma’s family had a phone. Some families who lived in town or along the main road between Watsontown and McEwensville definitely had one.
Back in 1911, Grandma wrote:
. . .This afternoon I went over to Stout’s. My first experience in telephoning. The voice at the other end of the wire sounded rather squeaky. I telephoned to Besse.
(Stout’s lived near the Muffly’s on a farm along the main road. Besse was Grandma’s married sister, and she also lived on the main road.)