17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, April 18, 1912:O– And I have it all written now, but I got it most too long. I know the introduction so I don’t want that to be changed very much.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma was working on a speech that she planned to give on the last day of school.
The previous day, she wrote in the diary that she’d selected an interesting topic, but provided no hints about what it was. Was it humorous? . . . . serious? . . . about a controversial topic? . . .