Need to Find Time to do Research!!

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, October 28, 1912:  Got mad at the Rufus tonight. I think she can be so mean sometimes.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

When Grandma was annoyed with her sister Ruth, she called her Rufus. How was Ruth mean to Grandma?

The past week has had many high points and low points for Grandma. She also has seemed frustrated with herself and other family members. But there are very few specifics in the diary entries.

There’s a need for research here! I haven’t worked ahead—this post needs to be published in less than 24 hours.

I want to tie it all back to the “convention” that Grandma attended on October 24:

Didn’t have school this afternoon so we could go without missing. It was very entertaining. Enjoyed it much.  Would like to have gone to the convention again tonight, but it was raining.

And, the next day, she wrote:

I’ve resolved to do something if carried out, I think will prove very beneficial to me at least. I’m going to try any way and see the result.

My Questions—What was the convention? Did the convention somehow affect Grandma’s mood and how she was interacting with her family?


Note to Readers–Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions about what the convention may have been.

Note to Self—(1) Try to find time to research this. (2) Try to get further ahead on writing posts. . . or at least remember to look ahead further so that there is time to do research before posts need to be written.

5 thoughts on “Need to Find Time to do Research!!

  1. You are doing a great job of building suspense. We are all waiting to see how things play out with your Grandma. Even if we don’t find out exactly what happened, we will still learn something more about life a hundred years ago. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the nice comment. I have fun pulling the material together for this blog. One thing that I find difficult about working with a diary is the incomplete information in many entries–and it’s good to know that it works even when the information is murky.

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