18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, February 15, 1914: Didn’t get to Sunday School this morning as the road is not much broken. Felt quite vexed about it as I didn’t want to miss more than what I could possibly help.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The road must still be impassable due to the snowstorm that Grandma wrote about the previous day:
. . . the roads were rendered impassable from the snow storm. The snow lies 18 in. deep on the ground.
What does “the road is not much broken” mean? If I had to take a guess, I’d guess that not many horses had traveled over it yet—so the snow was not tramped down (broken); but I’m not really sure.