16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, September 17, 1911: Went to Sunday School this morning. I usually get there every Sunday. In fact I haven’t missed going since in January. One reason for my regular attendance is that if you learn a number of verses from the Bible (over 700 it is) you will in the course of time receive a Bible. I got a test of merit and a book this morning.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whew, I can’t even imagine memorizing more than 700 Bible verses. It sounds like Grandma’s part way through the task. If it was me, I think that I’d give up before I even started.
Will she do it? . . .or will she give up?
This entry resolves one mystery. It explains why Grandma was so determined to attend Sunday school each week– even though she often was the only student in her class. For example, the previous week Grandma wrote:
Went to Sunday School this afternoon. I was the only one in my class today. It has happened that way for the past three Sundays. It is simply provoking the way the other girls attend Sunday School.