16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, September 30, 1911: Went to Watsontown this morning. Had to get a toothbrush and some stockings. Had to husk some corn this afternoon. It was my first attempt, so you see the piles of corn wouldn’t span out so rapidly. In addition to this I got stung by a bumble bee. How it did swell my thumb. Gee whiz!
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A hundred years ago people in rural areas generally did not have electricity; many did not have telephones, and there were outhouses instead of bathrooms. Cars were a rarity; and it was a huge process to do laundry.
Yet, surprisingly—at least to me—you could go into a store and buy a toothbrush and stockings in 1911. Until I read this entry, I never thought about whether people had toothbrushes a hundred years ago, but I don’t think that I would have guessed that these consumer goods were commercially available.
It’s only late September. I’m surprised that the corn was dry enough to husk.