17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, March 1, 1913:
The month of March, ah welcome sound
You bring to us a coming spring.
Where glimpse of leaf and budding flower,
Awake to us this glorious thing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
There’re lots of nicknames in this entry. Rufus referred to Grandma’s sister Ruth. Grandma often called her Rufus in the diary—especially when she was upset with Ruth. Tweet was their friend Helen Wesner.
I think that on a typical day Grandma and Ruth shared the daily farm chores, and each milked several cows. Grandma probably had to do all of the chores herself since Ruth was away—though it sounds like she made Ruth pay her.
Why did Grandma’s mother get mad? Since it was a busy day, maybe Grandma failed to do something or didn’t do it to her mother’s satisfaction.
On the first day of every month Grandma included a poem in the diary.