Took Trolley to Montandon

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

Sunday, September 6, 1914:   The whole family spent the day down at Aunt Lizzie’s. Ruth and I went down on the trolley. I took my camera along and had a shot at the crowd in the afternoon. Walked out from town this evening. Felt that I was benefited by my jaunt for I had eaten too many good things for dinner.

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Grandma would have ridden the trolley from Watsontown to Milton, and then continued on to Montandon. (Postcard Source: Milton Historical Society)

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


What a fun Sunday! It sounds like an almost perfect day.

Aunt Lizzie was a sister of Grandma’s father, Albert Muffly and a previous diary entry indicated that she lived at Montandon. I’m not sure who she married. Montandon is located about 8 miles southeast of the Muffly farm.

Montandon map
Recent map of the area

I’m amazed at all the transportation options that were available in a fairly rural area a hundred years ago. Back then there was a trolley that ran from Watsontown to Lewisburg with stops at several intermediate locations including Milton and Montandon.

Apparently Grandma and her sister Ruth walked a mile and a half or so from their farm near McEwensville to Watsontown, and then boarded the trolley. Probably the rest of the family traveled via horse and buggy.

45 thoughts on “Took Trolley to Montandon

    1. She sure seems to enjoy photography. And, probably the Brownie camera that she bought prior to the Niagara Falls trip makes it easier for her to take pictures.

    1. Unfortunately I don’t. The postcard is at the Milton Historical Society. A few years ago I visited their offices and took a photo of this card. Your question sent me back to my notes from the visit–and I don’t have any details about this card. But it does make me realize how important it is to take good notes.

      1. We lived an hour west of Chicago during the 80s. Our town was on a major road to the city. One day while cleaning out some garage junk, I reached up on top of a board at the inside wall. A piece of paper came down. It was a tri-folded brochure for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair in excellent condition. I took it to the local historical society. They’d never seen one before.

        My dad and his brother went to the fair that summer just before dan and mom married.

  1. You may have tried this before, but searching for Elizabeth or Lizzie [no last name] born about 1865, in Penn., in West Chillisquaque (where Montandon is located), might give you some surnames you could explore to try to figure out who she married.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I really need to do that. I just realized when I was working on this post and looking for a map that had Montandon on it, that Montandon is not an incorporated town/borough; and that information about it is, as you said, generally listed under West Chillisquaque township. I was surprised because, though it is small, it seems larger than some of the other towns that are incorporated.

  2. Great to get so many words from her — and fun. I understand Ford paid for the removal of the trolley system from towns — good for the car business. Not so good for mass transportation. And I like her sense of humor too in referring to the amount she ate.

    1. Interesting–and a little sad. I think that I read somewhere that the trolleys that ran between these towns ended trolley service sometime during the 1920s because of decreasing ridership.

  3. It’s neat that she made a comment about the benefits of walking. Working off dinner!
    But the trolley would have been so neat, too

  4. I was just thinking to ask the same question that Jane asked – have the photos survived and have you ever seen them? Is another family member the keeper of the photos?

      1. Thank for the link. I must have missed the entry (I was away). Isn’t it a little surreal that your Grandma mentioned this photo differently than others she took and it may be the only one to survive 100 years? How many of us express what we thought after we took a photo about the photo?

        ” The funny part of it was, they sat so nice and quiet, after I had pressed the button, and could hardly believe the picture had been taken”

    1. I’m often surprised how little the buildings have changed across the years in many of the towns in central Pennsylvania. In suburbia and urban areas, it seems like many commercial buildings are replaced every 25 years or so.

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