Tried to Run an Errand

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

Wednesday, January 7, 1914:  Went on an errand this afternoon, but didn’t accomplish anything as the people weren’t at home. Ruthie and I went up to Oakes’ this evening.

Recent view of the farm where the Oakes lived.
Recent view of the farm where the Oakes lived.

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

What was the failed errand? . . . an attempt to return something? . . . an attempt to buy or borrow something? . . . an attempt to give a message to someone? . . .

The Oakes lived on a farm near the Muffly’s and had several children close in age to Grandma and her sister Ruth. Rachel Oakes was a friend. And, there were at least two boys in the family–Jim and Alvin. Back in n 1911, Ruth dated Jim Oakes.

15 thoughts on “Tried to Run an Errand

  1. When she says “the people” weren’t home it makes me think they weren’t in her regular circle of friends and family or she probably would have named them, as she did the Oakes family. A mystery!

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