16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, January 11, 1912:Was so disappointed today in arithmetic. I was almost positive I would make a hundred, but instead, I only made ninety due to a small mistake in adding up, but big enough to make you feel bad.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Even though Grandma was frustrated with herself, it’s better than some of her previous grades in math. For example, on October 31,1911 she wrote:
Feel rather doleful over the mark I made in Algebra: 68. 68, you I hate.