16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, June 28, 1911: Nothing much to write about unless it would be that I was an exceedingly industrious girl today.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write much today, I’m going to post some century-old advice by Eugene V. Brewster, the author of What’s What in America, about how to live to be a hundred years old:
How to Live 100 Years
I expect to live one hundred years. It is very simple when you know how.
1. Keep clean. All disease is caused by uncleanliness—principally internal.
2. Drink nearly a gallon of fluid a day—pure water and milk are best.
3. Eat not more than two meals a day of wholesome food. Overeating kills more people than tuberculosis and pneumonia combined.
4. Let all food remain in the mouth twice as long as most people do. It you don’t it will be worse than wasted.
5. Sleep winter and summer with the head of your bed under an open window. Colds are impossible if Rule 1 is followed.
6. Get busy—not merely exercise, but useful work. Walking will do though.
7. Eat sparingly of meat. Three or four times a week is enough.
8. Be extremely moderate with such poison as tobacco, liquor, tea and coffee.
9. Make better friends of nuts, fruits and grains, and cut down your supply of cooked foods. Fire destroys life and many of the nutritive qualities of food.
10. Breath and speak low. Subdue your emotions and keep an even poise.
If I die before 1969 you will know that I fell down on one of these rules.
Eugene V. Brewster, Pure Foods Magazine (June, 1910)
Note: Mr. Brewster died in 1939, so I guess that he fell down on one of these rules.