Lonely Without Ruthie

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

Sunday, March 8, 1914:  Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Seemed rather lonesome with Ruthie away.

Ruth Muffly
Ruth Muffly

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

Grandma’s sister Ruth went somewhere on the train the previous evening:

. . . Saw Mistress Ruth off on the train tonight. It was late, so I took the lantern down to act for a signal.

Diary entry for March 7, 1914

Interesting how quickly Grandma went from calling her sister “Mistress Ruth” and sounding annoyed that her sister was going somewhere fun (and that she was probably stuck with milking all of the cows by herself) to missing “Ruthie”.

14 thoughts on “Lonely Without Ruthie

  1. Isn’t that always the way with siblings? (Or, in the case of our household, cousins?)
    When Niko goes to visit his other grandmother for a weekend, Angel is thrilled…for about an hour. Then she spends the next 2 days asking when he’s coming back 🙂

  2. Aww–it’s sweet that she misses her sister! And when Ruth comes home, Helena will probably switch right back to being irritated with her!

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