Hope to Win 2 1/2 Dollar Gold Piece

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, January 28, 1913:  Our teacher made such a wonderful proposition today. It was made to our class. The one who writes the best essay on a given subject is to receive a two dollar and a half gold piece. Margaret G. came home with me to stay till tomorrow. We had a dandy time this evening, although I am afraid our lessons suffered some. Rufus made candy. And so the evening went.


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Grandma—I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you write the best essay and get the gold piece. I think you have a chance since you sound so hopeful.

I wish you’d told us the topic so that I could vicariously “help” you write the essay a hundred years later.

I’m not sure who Margaret G. was, but it sounds like the girls had a wonderful time. Rufus refers to Grandma’s sister Ruth.

19 thoughts on “Hope to Win 2 1/2 Dollar Gold Piece

    1. She often gave too few details in the diary entries. Too bad that she couldn’t know that we’d be reading it a hundred years later. (On second thought, it’s probably a good thing she didn’t know. She probably wouldn’t have been able to write nearly as naturally.)

  1. What a grand challenge your Grandma had to write an essay! I hope she won the gold piece. Her entry this day was so animated and full of joy – right down to Rufus making the candy! :)

  2. Wow that seemed like a pretty generous prize. 2 1/2 dollars is an unusual amount. We actually have a two dollar coin now, it’s called a Toonie and the one dollar coin is called a Loonie since there’s a Loon on it…..we’re weird up here HA. I miss paper bills for $1 and $2. They took up less room and your wallet wasn’t so flippin heavy.

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