16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, February 17, 1912: Uncle Ben and Aunt Annie were here today. I was very anxious to see Uncle Ben as I hadn’t seen him since I was a little kid, so you see I really wanted to see what he looked like. He is a great tease, but doesn’t look like it at all. Puts him arms around you and strokes your hair. Really, I was surprised.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This diary entry refers to Benjamin and Annie Van Sant. Annie was the youngest sister of Grandma’s mother. Ben was a physician in Turbotville which is located about 6 miles northeast of the Muffly farm.
In February 1912, Ben was 48 years old and Annie was 35. They did not have any children.
Since they lived so near the Muffley’s it is amazing that Grandma had not seen her uncle in many years.
That said, I’m not exactly sure what to make of this entry. . .