16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, October 15, 1911: Went to Sunday School this morning. My verses that I am learning for that Bible has decreased some, but I’m still at it.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma was trying to memorize Bible verses to get a free Bible. On September 17 she wrote:
. . .One reason for my regular attendance is that if you learn a number of verses from the Bible (over 700 it is) you will in the course of time receive a Bible.. .
And on September 24 she wrote:
. . . Only learned seven verses for today. Usually have twenty-seven . . .
I wonder how many she memorized this week. I can’t even imagine trying to memorize 27 verses a week. No wonder the number of verses has decreased over time.