16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The previous Thursday Grandma got a lecture from her teacher about cheating on tests, and she resolved to study harder. It sounds likes Grandma was really trying to understand her algebra problems. She even asked her sister for help.
Since the diary entry is pretty self-explanatory, I’m going to go off on a tangent.
I love browsing through hundred-old-magazines. They often contain wonderfully old-fashioned (yet practical) household tips. For example,
A temporary funnel is quickly made from an ordinary envelope. Clip a corner off, funnel-shaped. Then clip the point and your funnel is ready to use.
Good Housekeeping (September, 1911)