17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, July 21, 1912: Went to Sunday School this morning. Had to go through the mud coming homeward. Hence it rained today. Went over to see Miss Caroline May, though it rained, for it won’t hurt me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma saw rain and mud. . . Did her father give a sigh of relief and see more corn? (Somehow this brings to mind that crazy country song about rain making corn.)
Farmers worry about the weather–too much rain (not good) . . . too little rain (not good).
This year so many farmers are worried about a drought and the possible failure of their corn crop. Did Grandma’s father have similar worries a hundred years ago?
To get lots of corn in the fall it is vital that the corn plants get enough water in July when the corn is tasseling, and the ears are beginning to form.
Miss Caroline refers to Grandma’s friend Carrie Stout. Carrie lived on a nearby farm.