Hurrah! Not Much Field Work

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

Monday, August 4, 1913: Guess I won’t have much to do in the fields now for awhile and I’m not very sorry. One of Ruth’s former teachers was here to see her this morning.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (July, 1911)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (July, 1911)

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

It’s a nice feeling when the work slows down. Maybe Grandma even had time to sit on the porch and read a novel.  The wheat and oats harvest probably just ended—so there was a brief respite before other crops needed to be harvested.

Why did one of Grandma’s sister Ruth’s former teachers come to visit? Was it a social visit or was it related to Ruth’s job? (Ruth was a teacher at one of the one room school houses in the area.)

10 Responses

  1. I know I would be on the porch with a book :-)

  2. What an interesting turn of phrase,’and I’m not very sorry.’ Wonderful reading!

  3. Glad Grandma’s having a bit of a break from farm work. Our generation just can’t comprehend how hard our ancestors worked.

  4. Knowing people back then, she probably relaxed by cleaning the house or baking?

  5. Seems Grandma was excited that Ruth had a visitor. I can almost feel the sameness of days on the farm – just from her diary.

  6. I agree with doranrule, anything to break up the sameness would have been a welcomed change!

  7. I do hope you gain employment away from the farm soon, my Miss Muffly. That would be such a cheer up for you, I reckon.

  8. Details little lady, details! She is such an adorable girl of such few words! ;-)

  9. She’s probably still working more in a day than someone her age today. And she’s calling it a break. :)

  10. Oh, so they had a porch where she could read a book! I thought the garden looked like a wonderful place to read, in the last post. :)

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