19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, September 17, 1914: After a lapse of nine days I decided that it is time to write in my diary.
Went to town this afternoon to oblige Ruthie dear. Her suit need pressing (souvenir of our trip) so I walked it in.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma– I’m confused. There been a sentence or two written most of the past nine days. Do you mean that you went back and wrote entries for all of those days at one time? . . .Your memory must be pretty good.
And, this thing about wearing suits on the trip to Niagara Falls. . . It’s nice that you took your sister Ruth’s suit into the town to get pressed (at the dry cleaners?); but it seems ridiculous that you wore suits while on vacation.