18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, October 7, 1913:
10/6 – 10/8: I’ve husked about ten loads of corn by this time. My hands are sore and roughened, but I didn’t care very much. I’m thinking of what I’m earning.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
(This is the second of three days that Grandma combined into one diary entry.)
After the corn was harvested and husked, the corn ears would have been stored in a corn crib. Corn cribs had wooden slats that let the air circulate to dry the corn.
Did Grandma also have to shovel the husked corn from the wagon into the crib? Corn was shoveled in through small doors near the top of the crib. Whew, I get tired just thinking about shoveling corn into the crib.