18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, April 19, 1913: Did quite a lot today. Am a little tired. Ma gave me a two dollar bill.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The $2 bill was the third graduation gift Grandma received. The previous day she received a gold hat pin and a handkerchief.
This diary entry raises more questions than answers for me.
Today we seldom see $2 bills—and they often seem special when we get one. Were they also unusual a hundred years ago—or were they readily available?
Why did Grandma say the gift was from her mother instead of from her parents? Why is her father so seldom mentioned in the diary? He was a farmer—and it seems like he should have been mentioned more often than he was.