17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, December 2, 1912: Wasn’t feeling very well today. Think cold is improving.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Did people get sick more a hundred years ago than they do now? This was Grandma’s four cold since the beginning of September. And, her mother and brother Jimmie also were sick.
Here’s a summary of the Muffly family ailments during Fall 1912:
. . . I have one cracker jack of a cold. Got the worst part of it yesterday going to the picnic without a coat. Hope it doesn’t last long.. . .
I’ve fully awakened to the startling fact that I’m getting another cold. It’s on its way. . .
. . . Had croup this evening so you see that put my studies back somewhat . . .
Poor little Jimmie got sick last night and had to miss his first day of school.
Guess we aren’t going to have much of a Thanksgiving tomorrow cause Ma is sick and we haven’t got a turkey.
Wasn’t feeling very well today. Think cold is improving.