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