Photo of Ruth Muffly and her Students

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

Tuesday, September 1, 1914:

The summer flowers we bid adieu

To brighter days and balmier hours

There short brief life is well nigh spent

For with the summer goes the flowers.

It seems rather lonesome here without Ruthie, but still have enough to take up my time.

Source: The History of McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm (Used with permission)
Source: The History of McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm (Used with permission)

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

It was the first day of school for Grandma’s sister Ruth. She taught at the Red Hill School during 1914-15. This school was at the south end of McEwensville. It was a different school than where she’d previously taught.

Whew, it looks like Ruth had 9 boys, and 1 girl in her class. I bet she had a handful.

Monthly Poem

For more information about the poem on the first day of each month see this previous post:

Monthly Poem in Diary

30 thoughts on “Photo of Ruth Muffly and her Students

    1. In some ways I think that it probably was more difficult for the little girl than for Ruth. I can just picture the boys mercilessly teasing her. Hopefully Ruth was able to create a comfortable learning environment for the girl.

    1. I think that teachers in one-room school houses typically had students in grades 1 – 8. They had to be really good at individualizing and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students in different grades.

  1. I just read your post about the monthly poem. We memorized poetry in school, too. A lot of it, as a matter of fact. Sometimes, one of those poems will pop to mind. Today, I thank my teachers. Then? Not so much!

    I’ve never seen so many boys in a class. Since they all have the same name, I wonder… are they from the same family? If so, their mother deserves some kudos, too!

    1. My guess is that one of the members of the Moore family gave the photo to the author of The History of McEwensville Schools–and that he knew the names of his brothers (and the teacher), but that he forgot the names of the other students.

  2. A lot of children with the last name of Moore. Can’t help but wonder if any relation to my family up in Potter County. Just too many people with the last name of Moore. Makes the genealogy work that much harder.

    1. I don’t know anything about the genealogy of this family, but it seems like it might be possible. Northumberland County isn’t that far from Potter County. I wonder if there were any major transportation routes that went between the two counties..

    1. It’s actually from a small locally-published book on the history of the McEwensville schools. The author very graciously has allowed me to use photos out of it.

  3. Love the photo. I had a heavy load of boys a few teaching years and they were so helpful and resourceful. I remember most of them and see some on Facebook doing wonderful humanitarian things. I am proud of all of my students. Most all. I wonder if you have been able ego follow the Moore’s. Are some of them still there?

    1. I been surprised how I sometimes unexpectedly find pictures and information about the Muffly family. I found this picture in a small locally published book, and the author very generously has allowed me to use photos from the book in this blog.

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