17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, April 20, 1912:Locked Ruth out last night. I spent the afternoon cleaning house. It was my room. Rufus got stubborn and I had to do nearly all.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
When Grandma was upset she called her sister Ruth, “Rufus”.
This is the second day in a row that Grandma wrote about moving Ruth to another bedroom. They shared a room during the cold winter months—but had separate rooms during the remainder of the year.
Grandma apparently had the better bedroom because Ruth did not want to move—or maybe Ruth wanted to make her little sister do all of the work involved in the move.