17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, October 11, 1912: I’ve fully awakened to the startling fact that I’m getting another cold. It’s on its way. Had an exam in Caesar.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the second cold that Grandma had during Fall, 1912. On September 1, 1912 she wrote:
I have one cracker jack of a cold. . . . .
I wonder if lower air quality due to the use of a wood or coal stove for heating might have contributed to the current cold. This is what the October, 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal had to say:
When “Colds” Begin
No sooner do we light our winter fires than we begin to have “colds” and we blame it on the colder weather. Doctors know, however, that it is not the lower temperature that brings on “colds.”
If cold weather produces “colds,” why is it that they do not have such diseases in the Arctic regions, where today they are absolutely unknown? Why is it that Peary and his men never had a single “cold” until they came back to American shores—and our dry-heated homes?
God never created the oxygen in the air to make us sick, but to keep us well. If the fresh air can do so much to heal the lungs attacked by tuberculosis or pneumonia how much more can it do for the healthy lung? If fresh air can heal a diseased lung can it not likewise keep well a healthy lung? It is the dust and the dry heat inside our homes that produce our “cold”: never the fresh air. . .