18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, July 8, 1913: Pa picked up a little boy who is going to work for him. I have to room with Ruth now.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It sounds like Grandma’s father decided that he needed to hire someone to help with the farm work.
How old was the “little boy”? . . . 9? . . . 12? . . . 15? Children often held jobs a hundred years ago, but the term “little boy” seems like an unusual way to describe a new farm laborer. I’d think that the individual would have had to have been fairly strong—and that he would have been a teen-ager not a boy.
Who was the boy? . . . a relative? . . . the son of a friend? . . . the child of someone who was struggling financially?