18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, September 26, 1913: Still pegging away.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The previous day Grandma wrote that she was “on duty out in the corn field.” This diary entry makes it clearer how she was helping with the corn harvest.
Grandma was using a corn husking peg, and “pegging away” at husking corn.
After the corn ears were broken off the stalks, they were husked by hand using a husking peg.
Lehman’s still sells Finger-loop Corn Husking Pegs. According to their website:
To use, slip over first three fingers, push peg under husk, grab with thumb and pull.