17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, July 17, 1912: About the same as yesterday.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later
Sounds like another boring summer day. I’ve been posting Grandma’s diary entries for more than a year and a half now. In that time period she’s never gone more than a few miles from her home.
Grandma went to Milton (which was about 5 miles from her home); to Turbotville (which was about 4 miles); to Montandon (which was about 8 miles); to Ottawa –Limestone Township, Montour County (about 8 miles). She also regularly went to McEwensville and Watsontown—both of which were about a mile from the Muffly farm.
Did Grandma ever dream of seeing the world?
Top and Merger Automatic Windshield extra
New York to San Francisco
10 days 15 hours 13 minutes
steady going and not a wrench touched to the Reo engine.
That’s your answer to every question you can ask about the Reo.
The Reo must have speed and power, to keep going like that over bad roads and hard climbs found in the Great American Desert and the Rocky Mountains.
The Reo must have strength, to stand the constant and tough strain.
The Reo must be reliable. A car that stands a test like that, and then breaks the record from New York to Los Angeles, and then hill-climbing record up Mount Hamilton, and then the record from Topeka to Kansas City, and still is in perfect condition—that is the perfect proof of reliability.
Comfort? Prove it yourself. Get the nearest Reo dealer to take you for a ride.
Send for the catalogue and “Reo and the Farmer.” Plain facts.
R M Owen & Co. General Sales Agent for Reo Motor Company.
You can do it with a Reo.
Whew—10 days 15 hours 13 minutes sounds brutal.
According to Mapquest, today you can get on Interstate Route 80 in New York City and end up in San Francisco 1 day 19 hours and 48 minutes later (assuming you drive straight through).