17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, November 23, 1912: Was pretty busy today. That’s usually the way on Saturdays.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since not much happened a hundred y ears ago today, I’m going to go back to a post from two weeks ago—
Sometimes I post an entry—and then find additional information and think—I could have written a better post if I’d known that.
Well, that’s what happened after I posted the November 10, 1912 diary entry. Grandma had written:
. . . This afternoon I went over to see Margaret. Such a time as I had getting there a crawling under fences and so on.
I thought it seemed really odd that she crawled under fences rather than walking on the road. But it apparently it was common a hundred years ago to take short-cuts through under fences and through fields. I recently was browsing through the December 1912 issue of Good Housekeeping, and it contained this tip to make it easier to traverse fields with barbed wire fences.
Cork the Barbs
In taking cross-country walks, provide yourself with a couple of dozen, medium-sized corks. When coming to the inevitable barbed-wire fence, protect each barb with a cork until you are safely under the fence. The corks may be returned to your pocket and used a good many times. The cork-safety device may be used to good effect on the barbed-wire fence between country neighbors. We have found it a most grateful saving of torn garments.
Whew, it sure is easier today to just hop in the car when we want to visit friends.. .