18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, October 17, 1913:
10/13 – 10/17: Nothing worth writing about for these days. Don’t go any place or do anything of much importance.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma didn’t write anything specific for this date, I’m going to share some fun pictures from a book published in 1913 called Aviation: An Introduction to the Elements of Flight by Algernon E. Berriman.
Here’s how Chapter 1 begins:
Everyone nowadays is familiar with the appearance of an aeroplane, but many, nevertheless do not know what, scientifically speaking, an aeroplane is. . .
I wonder if the teen who wrote the diary ever thought that she’d ride in an airplane.
Fast forward 50+ years– I can remember picking Grandma up at the Williamsport (PA) airport when she was in her early 70s. She flew back to Pennsylvania after visiting relatives in the Detroit area. She complained about not being able to hear after she got off the plane. I think it was the first time she had ever flown—and she was flustered and wasn’t sure whether she liked flying (though I think that she was proud of herself for being so adventuresome).