Little Brother Sick

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

Tuesday, November 19, 1912:  Poor little Jimmie got sick last night and had to miss his first day of school.

Jimmie Muffly

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

Poor Jimmie— He was Grandma’s 7-year-old brother. It’s no fun to be sick—especially when you’re little. I wonder what was wrong. It sounds like whatever it was came on suddenly.  I’m leaning towards him having the stomach flu.

And, poor Grandma’s mother—

Grandma had written in her diary the previous day:

. . . I was afraid I’d have to miss school when Pa had his threshing done. They started today . . .

November 18, 1912

This suggest that the threshers were still there. Grandma’s mother was probably trying to prepare food and serve it to a threshing crew—while also taking care of a sick (vomiting?)  child.

11 Responses

  1. as if she would not be busy enough- but our kids come first!

  2. I think it was a sore throat with no vomiting involved and he slept most of the day because of his fever.

  3. might have been more worried back then when your kids got sick. They didn’t really have shelves and shelves of medication at the corner store.

  4. It sounds like life was busy for the Muffly family that day. Hope your grandmother managed to stay well.

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  6. [...] been a rough November in the Muffly family. Her little brother Jimmie missed school on November 19 because he was sick; then her mother was sick—and now it sounds like Grandma may have caught the [...]

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