17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, March 16, 1913: Went to Sunday School this morning. Was over to Carrie’s this afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Carrie Stout was a friend of Grandma’s who was often mentioned in the diary.
Here’s what a hundred-year-old book had to say about the choice of friends:
The Choice of Friends
All of our greatest intellectual leaders, from time immemorial have been unanimous in their teachings that one of the most important elements in the molding of the mind and character was the nature of our friendships.
Tennyson says, “I am a part of all that I have met.” The immortal bard puts it, “It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught, as men take disease from one another; therefore let men take heed of their company.”
A friend should be congenial, with similar tastes, opportunities, and training: frank in criticism, yet sympathetic in spirit; loyal and staunch in adversity, and one who disseminates an atmosphere which is broadening, elevating, and uplifting. Such a friend is to be desired and to be sought after.
Physical Hygiene and Physical Training for Women (1911) by Anna M. Galbraith