18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, May 31, 1913: What I did today was far from being romantic. I had to help plant taters this afternoon.
For a quarter of a century I have made a specialty of growing and handling Choice Seed Potatoes, testing all the leading varieties, retaining and improving the best. This year’s list is the cream.
My 26th Annual Seed Book
should be in the hands of every progressive farmer and gardener. It contains 54 pages crowded full of valuable information. The best in Seed Potatoes, Field and Garden Seeds of all kinds. Write postal today.
L.L. OLDS, President
L.L. Olds Seed Co., Drawer C, Madison, Wis.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma did you dream about doing romantic things? Hmm. . . I guess that’s for another day. In the meantime, the farm work needed to be done.
I’m not sure whether the Muffly’s raised potatoes to sell . . or if they just raised them for family use. Either way, they would have planted lots of potatoes. A hundred years ago potatoes were one of the main staples that people ate during the long winter months.
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