18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, November 7, 1913: Pa’s away now and we kids have the things to look after. I ought to practice my music more than I have, so I may have it in a better condition than what I do.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Where did her father go? . . . and why did he go there?
Maybe he was going somewhere to buy something. The previous day Grandma cashed a check for $400. Maybe she was cashing a check that her father wrote for “cash” so that he would have money to buy something. . . . But what?