18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, June 12, 1913: I was a bad girl today and am taking myself to task.
When Pa came home he brought me a graduating present. It was the crowning star of them all: a five dollar bill.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is one of the few time that Grandma mentioned her father in the diary. It generally seemed like he probably spent much of his time out in the barn or fields—and that he wasn’t very involved in household activities
The previous day Grandma wrote that her father was away and that her married sister Ruth had come out to “help take care of us for Pop was away.”
What was he doing when he was away? Whatever it was must have gone extremely well, if he felt prosperous enough to give Grandma a five dollar bill for a graduation present. This would be the equivalent of about $120 today.
The graduation gifts sure straggled in over a long time period,Grandma graduated from McEwensville High School on April 23. In April she wrote that her mother gave her a $2 gold piece. It’s surprising that her father gave a separate gift, and that it took him a month and a half to give it to her.
Grandma made quite a haul. This is at least the 22nd gift that she received.
Overall a good day—but Grandma was mad at herself. Why did she do that she was taking herself to task?