17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, December 20, 1912: Ruth came home this afternoon. Wonder if she has a fine and dandy present for me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Ruth had been in Sunbury since the 16th. I think that she was attending a teachers’ training institute over winter break. What Christmas present did she buy for Grandma? Maybe Ruth bought Grandma some slippers. They would have been a fine and dandy present.