19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, August 2, 1914: Went to Sunday school this morning.Besse and Curt came out towards evening. They brought ice and we made ice cream.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
mmm. . . Ice cream and cake sound good.
It’s weird, but I have a vague sense of changing technology and transportation across the 3 1/2 years that I’ve been posting the diary entries.
Grandma’s family often made ice cream on Sundays when her married sister Besse and her husband Curt came to visit. However, I think this is the first time they had ice cream during the summer.
In the past they always made it during the winter when ice was readily available. I think that they got the ice out of animal watering troughs or from the creek. For example, on January 22, 1911 Grandma wrote:
Went to Sunday school and church this morning. Made ice cream. That is my sister made it and I assisted. I got the ice. Besse and Curt came out this evening. Just when Ruth and I were having a little spat all to ourselves.
(Grandma sometimes had ice cream during the summer at a festival—and once at a friend’s home— but never at home.)
Besse and Curt lived in nearby Watsontown. My take is that technology and transportation were changing—and that it was easier (or at least less expensive) to get ice during the summer months in 1914 than had been back in 1911.