17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, November 17, 1912: Went to Sunday School this afternoon. The house was simply topsy-turvy today. Such a mess. Pa and Ma were fixing the stove.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I don’t know much about wood/coal stoves. What might go wrong that would require immediate repairs on a Sunday in November? How long was the stove out of commission?
What was the weather like? Was the house cold while they were fixing it? . . . Or did the house have two stoves—one in the kitchen and one in the living room?
What did they eat if they were unable to cook hot foods?