17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, October 17, 1912: Wish my cold would bid me farewell, but instead it seems to like me pretty well and is in not hurry about leaving.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma first mentioned having a cold six days prior to this diary entry.
I came across the Ayer’s Ague Cure advertisement, and wondered if ague was the same thing as a cold. According to the dictionary, ague refers to fever, chills, and sweating—so Grandma probably won’t have used this patent medicine to treat her cold.