19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, August 15, 1914: Got up earlier than usual so I would soon have my work done. We went up to Turbotville on the train, the place where the reunion was held. Met Alma there. She came along home on the train with us, so as to be here on Monday morning.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Alma Derr was a cousin of Grandma’s, so it must have been a Derr family reunion. There probably were lots of aunts, uncles and cousins there since Grandma’s mother had seven brothers and sisters.
There was a whistle stop of the Susquehanna, Bloomsburg, and Berwick train at the feed mill near the Muffly farm. Turbotville was only about 5 miles from the farm so it would have been a short train ride.
It sounds like the trip to Niagara Falls was a go, and that Alma would be going with Grandma and her sister Ruth.