18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, January 25, 1914: We didn’t have church this afternoon as there isn’t any preacher yet. Staid a while after Sunday school and then came home.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What did Grandma do when she “staid a while after Sunday school?”
Did she chat with her girlfriends? . . .
Hmm . . . another random thought. . . On January 16 Grandma wrote that she had a good time at a party because “he” was there. Did “he” attend her church? . . . Maybe she “staid” to talk with him.
This is the third Sunday that Grandma’s church didn’t have a minister. On January 4, 1914 she wrote:
Our minister is going to leave soon. He preached his farewell sermon today.
Was it difficult to get—and keep—ministers in small country churches a hundred years ago? . . . They probably couldn’t pay very much.