Drought in Central Pennsylvania in 1914

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

Wednesday, September 23, 1914: <<no entry>>

Milton Evening Standard 9 21 14
Source: Milton Evening Standard (September 21, 1914)

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

Since Grandma didn’t write anything a hundred years ago today, I’m going to share an article from Grandma’s local paper, the Milton Evening Standard.

Apparently there was a drought in central Pennsylvania during September, 1914—and the nearby town of Milton was concerned about a potential water shortage. I wonder how the well on the Muffly farm was holding up during the dry weather.

15 thoughts on “Drought in Central Pennsylvania in 1914

  1. Can’t but smile at this as we are currently having 2 days without water due to a fire at the reservoir. How easy it is to take water for granted until you don’t have it.

  2. Water. Only when it’s scarce do we appreciate what a gift-freely-given it is for all to enjoy.

    For some reason it puts me in mind of the Pequabuck river that ran through our little town of Forestville. So polluted by the businesses upstream that it ran brown and stinky. Then came the time when people cared, efforts were made, and it now runs clear and sweet.

    1. It’s wonderful how the Pequabuck and so many other streams are so much cleaner today than they were years ago. It’s heartwarming to know that people are able to work together to improve their community.

  3. We are having a drought here in Los Angeles: San Fernando Valley. It is difficult to see everything dry up. Fires very near. WE are hoping and praying for rain, but no rain in sight.

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