17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, April 14, 1912: Went to Sunday School this morning. Miss Carrie came over this afternoon. We went for a walk which was not so very long nor yet so very short. We had quite a time getting home, as we stopped to talk much of the way.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Carrie refers to Grandma’s friend Carrie Stout. She lived on a nearby farm. Who knows what the teens talked about—but I can picture earnest discussion interspersed with giggling.
They probably weren’t worried about food prices—but the local paper, The Milton Evening Standard, had an article about inflation in April 1912.
FOOD PRICES SHOW
For 1911 They Were Two Per Cent.
Higher Then Previous Years
Wholesale prices of food products increased two per cent during 1911 over the previous year, although wholesale prices generally of 257 articles, declined 1.7 per cent. An investigation of the Bureau of Labor into wholesale prices, results of which were announced Thursday, disclosed these facts. . .
Some things never change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the wholesale (producer) food price increased 2.3% from March 2011 to March 2012.