18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, April 26, 1913: Nothing much doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Nothing much going on in McEwensville. . .
I know that Grandma will live her entire life within a 5 mile radius of the house she lived in when she wrote this diary.
But did she ever dream of living in a city? . . .the excitement. . . the energy. . . the skyscrapers!
A hundred-years-ago, the Woolworth Building in New York City had its grand opening ceremony. According to history.com:
As part of a lavish opening ceremony on April 24, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button in the White House that lit up the interior floors and exterior floodlights (a new innovation at the tine) of the Woolworth Building, so that the entire façade was illuminated.
It was the tallest building in the world (The Eiffel Tower was higher—but it was considered a free standing structure), and would remain the tallest until 1930 when the Empire State Building was completed.
An aside—Whatever happened to Woolworth’s stores? I used to love to shop at the Woolworth’s Store in Williamsport when I was a kid—but that’s another story.