18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, July 20, 1913: Went to Sunday School this morning. Ruther and I went up to church this evening.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm. . . Ruther. . . That’s a new nickname for Ruth.
Was Grandma annoyed with her sister Ruth. . . or feeling kindly toward her? Throughout the diary Grandma called her Rufus when she was annoyed with her. When the sisters were getting along well, Grandma generally called her Ruth. . . though she occasionally referred to her as Ruthie.