17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, April 28, 1912: Went to Sunday School this morning. Jimmie went along. Carrie and I went for arbutus and wound up by taking a walk. Went to church this evening. Sported my new hat.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah, Grandma had an opportunity to wear her stylish new hat!
Carrie referred to her friend Carrie Stout, and Jimmie was her 6-year-old brother.
Trailing arbutus is a small white flower. A hundred years ago picking trailing arbutus apparently was a popular springtime activity.
Arbutus must have a relatively long blooming season, since they still were in bloom on the 28th.
In 1911, Grandma also mentioned picking trailing arbutus—that time with her two sisters:
Besse was out this afternoon. We three kids went for arbutus and I got some this time. . .