16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, June 4, 1911: Went to Sunday school this afternoon. Carrie Stout was over this evening. Somehow she happened to stay so late that her mother came after her. Guess she got a spanking and maybe a growling also.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Even though there have been previous diary entries about mothers using corporal punishment to discipline teens (see the February 25 entry where Grandma’s mother chased her with a stir stick)—I’m still in shock that parents apparently spanked teen-aged children a hundred years ago. And that the teens apparently accepted the punishment.