18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, January 16, 1914: Ruth and I went up to Oakes’ this evening. The occasion being a birthday surprise party for Al. Had a very, very fine time. He was there. That’s why I had such a good time.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What fun! It’s wonderful to hear that you had a “very, very fine time.” It sounds like your life is getting more exciting.
Just one question—Who the heck was “he”?
The Oakes lived on a farm near the Mufflys, and had several children about the same age as Grandma and her sister Ruth–—Al, Jim, and Rachel.
This was the second time in less than two weeks Grandma and Ruth went to Oakes. On January 7, 1914 Grandma wrote:
. . . Ruthie and I went up to Oakes’ this evening.