Fight with Little Brother

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

Tuesday, May 5, 1914: Jimmie and I had a knock-out.

Jimmie Muffly, circa 1913

Jimmie Muffly, circa 1913

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

Hmm. . . Grandma was 19, and Jimmie was her 8-year-old brother. What the heck could they have been fighting about? I’d think that with such a large age difference that they’d seldom fight.

Here are links to some previous posts about Jimmie Muffly that you might enjoy:

Whatever Happened to Jimmie Muffly?

Muffly Magnetic Retriever Used to Remove Metal Objects from Cows’ Stomachs


21 Responses

  1. I wonder what ‘knock out’ really means? A physical fight?

    • I wondered the same thing. It sounds like a physical fight–but it doesn’t quite make sense given the large age difference.

  2. Little brothers must be annoying, sometimes. :) Or maybe they were playing some sort of game. Marbles?

  3. I’m sure he could be a pest at times. :)

  4. Could a ‘knock-out’ be something other than a row~ more of a positive thing, like having a ‘helluva day?’

  5. Having never had a little brother, I realy can’t comment. (But I had much younger nephews that could be a pain in the……) I’m guessing it was maybe just a heated argument!

  6. There would have been plenty to fight about. I am #7 down the list of 9 kids in our family.

  7. I’m sure he could have gotten in the way such as during cooking or cleaning! ps. I hope she has finished the spring cleaning :)

  8. What if he tracked in mud, right after she had really cleaned the floor? She’s pretty sick of cleaning–that might’ve pushed her over the edge!

  9. As with one of the other commenters, I wondered if a “knock out” means a physical fight …. doubtful, but interesting use of the term

  10. The age difference between my youngest brother and I is exactly the same as between Helena and Jimmie, and let me tell you, I’ve fought with him more than I’ve ever fought with my other siblings!
    I don’t know what it is, but he has always been VERY skilled at getting on my nerves. He knows how to push my buttons and he never lets a chance by to do so! The tiffs we’ve had were related to how he would not “use his manners” at the dinner table and things like that, though! :)

  11. What a great photo of Jimmy… And the dog!

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