17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, June 1, 1912:
Passing, the spring time is passing away,
May summer appear all-a-bloom,
But the brightest and fairest of the season,
Is the bright and fair month of sweet June.
Carrie was over to see me this afternoon. I am engaged in trying to solve a puzzle. I have one ninth of it to get yet and it’s a stickler.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What was the puzzle like that Grandma so challenging? I found several hundred-year-old puzzles called Brain Bothers in 1912 issues of Farm Journal. I’ll give you the answers tomorrow.
1. Transform a MULE to a PONY in four changes, one letter at a time, without transposing.
2. What number is divisible by 2,3,4,5, and 6, with a remainder of 1 in each instance, but is divisible by 7 without a remainder?
3. Substitute a letter in the name of an American president, and make something good to eat. Do the same with an American poet with the same result.
Grandma included a poem in the diary on the first day of each month. Carrie refers to her friend Carrie Stout.