Rebellious Heifer in Orchard

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

Tuesday, August 8, 1911: Went over to see Carrie on an errand, but came back in about fifteen minutes as I had a rebellious heifer to keep out of the orchard.

Recent distant view of the Muffly fields from the road near her friend Carrie Stout's home. (I wonder where the orchard once was.) Today it would be impossible to see the Muffly fields once the leaves are on the trees--but maybe it was more open back then.

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

The Muffly family seemed to have a lot of problems with the cows getting into places where they weren’t supposed to be. Twice during the summer of 1911 Grandma wrote about cows getting into the corn (July 10 and July 25), and on May 26 she wrote “I’m through watching cows for the present time—at least. That was my duty for one wk.”

I continue to think that the family would have used barbed wire to fence the pasture but maybe they didn’t. And, even if there were fences maybe the cows were able to escape (cows can be very adept at finding holes in fences).

7 Responses

  1. “Cattle out!” was always an exciting time! ;-)

    • Yes, it sure was always an exciting time. I might also use terms like frustrating and vexatious. When I was child, when the cows got into the corn or the wheat we worried so much about the damage that was being done to the crop.

  2. I love the way you make a comment after what your Grandmother said in her diary…I am transcribing my mother’s diary from when she was 15…I think that maybe at a later date, I will do the same thing and respond on one of my other blogs. Thank you for sharing. It is wonderful!!!

    • Thanks for stopping by. It’s wonderful that you’re transcribing the diary. If you decide to post it, I’d love to read it. It ‘s so much fun reading about the day-to-day events years ago.

  3. [...] The cows must have somehow managed to escape from the pasture AGAIN. This is the fifth time during summer 1911 that Grandma mentioned chasing cows. Only two days previously she wrote about a rebellious heifer in the orchard. [...]

  4. [...] 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 finished [...]

  5. [...] 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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