17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, August 12, 1912: Went to Watsontown this afternoon to do some shopping, if such you may call it. Took my umbrella along, but it didn’t rain.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The previous day Grandma didn’t have her umbrella when she needed it:
. . . .got a dunking in the rain. Took an umbrella along part way, so it happened that I didn’t have it when I needed it the most.
And this day, she was prepared and carried an umbrella, but didn’t need it. Umbrellas didn’t fold as compactly back than as many do today. It probably was a real nuisance the entire time she was shopping.
Sometimes you just can’t win when guessing about the weather. . .