18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, April 8, 1913: Am trying to learn my essay. I know about half of it.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Even though Grandma won’t graduate for another several weeks, I’m going to share her commencement program today since I think that she probably was trying to memorize an essay that she wrote for her graduation speech.
(The graduation program contains lots of interesting tidbits—and I plan to explore different facets of if in several upcoming posts. Today I’m just going to focus on Grandma’s speech.)
Grandma was probably trying to memorize the essay that she mentioned on March 21, 1913:
. . . Am tugging away at my old essay it is almost finished.
Her graduation essay was titled Relics of the Earth’s Past. I wonder how the topics were selected. Maybe it was a really interesting speech, but the topic sounds kind of boring to me.
Earlier in the year, Grandma had written about writing an essay on the Revolutionary War. The teacher told the class that the person who wrote the best essay would win a 2 1/2 dollar gold piece. Based on the program, it appears Grandma didn’t win the gold piece—since J. Karl Watson did a graduation presentation titled, Valley Forge, A Dark Spot of the American Revolution.