Cows in the Corn

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Monday, July 10, 1911: Nothing doing. Cows got in the corn, and I had to get them out at the expense of a lot of running.

Photo of a Pennsylvania dairy farm in the July 1911 issues of Farm Journal

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Cows in a corn field can quickly cause major damage to the crop. I can almost picture Grandma’s father frantically yelling for help—and Grandma running out to chase the cows. And the cows not going where they were supposed to go—but instead running deeper into the corn field destroying even more of the crop. And her father probably yelled even more frantically that they must get the cows out of the corn or there’d be nothing left. And more running . . . until finally the cows were back in the pasture.

4 Responses

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  2. [...] escape from the pasture and into the corn field? (Grandma needed to chase them out of the corn on July 10 and July [...]

  3. [...] times during the summer. She also wrote about chasing cows that had somehow gotten into the corn field, orchard, and other places they weren’t supposed to be. And, she mentioned when she was [...]

  4. [...] also complained in the diary about needing to watch the cows—and how they sometimes got into the corn field, orchard, and other places they weren’t supposed to [...]

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