January Brings to Us a New Born Year!

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, January 1, 1912:  Not getting tired in the least of keeping a diary even if I do not travel or do anything as interesting. I will still continue to write down the happenings as the days go by, as I did last year. Understand this is not the beginning of a new diary, but simply a continuation of the old one, guaranteed to be full of numerous mistakes and blunders, much to the writer’s annoyance.


This is leap year and rightfully belongs to old maids and maidens, especially the neglected ones, like my snappy sister, etc.

January brings to us a new born year,

To do with as we will

So each worthy deed be done

And every glad and hopeful thought fulfilled.

New Year’s day for me had a rather doleful beginning, but brightened up as the day passed on. Carrie came over this afternoon and we went a skating or rather she did the skating and I the tumbling.  I was just experimenting, being the first time I really tried to skate. Maybe I’ll buy a pair of skates pretty soon, as I haven’t any of my own. But the learning, however, isn’t much fun.

Ruth and I went up to Oakes this evening. It is so grand these evenings. One I could most read by moonlight.

New Year Post Card, circa 1912

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I’ve now been posting these diary entries for one year—and like Grandma I’m not getting tired in the least.  I enjoyed posting entries in 1911 and look forward to learning more about Grandma and her times during the upcoming year.


8 thoughts on “January Brings to Us a New Born Year!

    1. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through our blogs. Thanks for your support throughout the year. I’ve enjoyed occasionally reading your mother’s diary in the previous format–and it will be fun to follow it daily.

  1. And I enjoy reading your grandmother’s diary entries every morning. As I’ve noted before, one of my grandmothers would have been 14 years old (in Chicago) in 1911 and the other would have been 4 years old (in Pittsburgh).

    1. Thanks for the note. It’s nice to hear that you enjoy reading the posts each day. I’ve also enjoyed your blog–it’s interesting to see the similarities and differences in the experiences of people who lived in different settings at about the same time.

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