19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, July 5, 1914: Our new preacher took up his charge today. Am glad that one is secured at last.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The McEwensville Baptist Church had a few difficult months. It hadn’t had a minister since January—and it must be have been a relief to finally have a new pastor.
Did Grandma wear a hat to church? . . . with feathers? Did she know that some bird species were endangered because of the demand for feathers?
Our Girls’ Hats
The new feather law prohibits the importation into this country of feathers of wild birds, and it is being rigidly enforced.
We hope that our girls, everywhere, will realize what it means to wear the plumage of song-birds in their hats. Beautiful and becoming hats can now be made without the sacrifice of our feathered friends.
The appalling destruction of birds for milady’s hat is proved by figures from the last six feather sales in London this year: Crowned pigeons, 21,318; macaw wings, 5,794 pairs; quills of the white crane, 20715; hummingbirds, 4112; birds of paradise, 17,711; Of the kingfisher, one of the birds of bright plumage to be found on the English and Irish lakes, the skins of no less than 215,500 were on sale.
Isn’t that a terrible arraignment against the vanity of women who adorn themselves with the plumage of the birds?
Farm Journal (June, 1914)