19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah! A friend managed to navigate her way into your lonely castle at the side of the brook!
What did you talk about? PLEASE tell us the gossip and the rare tidbits. We want ALL the juicy details.
Carrie Stump was a friend of Grandma’s who lived on a nearby farm.
Hmm. . . Miss Ruthie? . . . Was Grandma annoyed,? . . . Jealous? . . .Grandma had various nicknames for her sister Ruth. For example, she often called her Rufus when she was upset with her.
What was Ruth doing these days? Ruth was a teacher at a nearby one-room school house during the school year—and in past years she helped with the house and farm work during the summer months. Did Ruth have a job in Summer 1914? . . . or was she spending her days at friends’ homes? . . . or doing something else?