17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, May 26, 1912: Went to Sunday School this morning. I’ve finished learned verses for my Bible which means I have learned the required number. I expect to get it next Sunday. Went up to Breons this afternoon as I thought no visitors would come anyway. Ruth and I went to church this evening. I’m rather tired after all my walking.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Wow! Grandma did it! She memorized 700+ verses, and was going to get a Bible. I was sure that she’d give up.
On September 17, 1911 she’d written:
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.
And, on September 24, 1911 she wrote:
. . . Only learned seven verses for today, usually have twenty-seven. . .
Grandma mentioned memorizing verses several additional times during Fall, 1911 but the last time she wrote about it was on December 23. I’d felt certain that she’d never reach her goal—but I was wrong. Grandma persisted, but apparently didn’t think it was worth mentioning each week in the diary.