19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, September 2, 1914: It need not be recorded for there is nothing important to write.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
You sound a little down. Yesterday you wrote that you missed your sister Ruth now that school has begun, and she is teaching at Red Hill School. And, your little brother Jimmie probably also started school—so it’s just you and your parents on the farm.
Your oldest sister Besse also was a teacher before she got married. Did you ever want to be a teacher like your sisters?
You’ve never written anything about seeking a teaching position. . . so maybe I’m letting my imagination run wild. However, you graduated from high school, so it seems like you’d be qualified. What happened? Didn’t any schools offer you a job . . . or did you decide that you preferred to stay home and work on the family farm?